Despite Dangers, Church will Always Assist World’s Refugees, Says Prelate

October 9, 2013 by

A Syrian refugee in Lebanon receives a relief box and blankets from the Caritas Lebanon Migrants Center, a CRS partner. Photo by Sam Tarling for CRS

A Syrian refugee in Lebanon receives a relief box and blankets from the Caritas Lebanon Migrants Center, a CRS partner. Photo by Sam Tarling for CRS

Archbishop Francis A. Chullikatt, papal nuncio to the United Nations, said the Catholic Church will always respond to the needs of refugees, despite the dangers. From the Catholic Herald:

Refugees and migrants pay the highest price in conflicts around the world and it is part of the Church’s DNA to provide them humanitarian aid and prayerful support, according to speakers at a UN event.

The panel discussion was held in conjunction with the UN High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development.

Archbishop Francis A Chullikatt, papal nuncio to the United Nations, said: “Both migrants and the populations that receive them belong to a single human family, and both enjoy the right to the goods of the earth, goods which are destined for universal enjoyment.”

The sad situation of refugees and internally displaced people is not their fault and not of their choosing, he added.

Catholic institutions are actively engaged in helping refugees, “not because someone asked us. We’ve been doing it for centuries and will always do it, in spite of difficulties, dangers and hardships,” Archbishop Chullikatt said.

Read the full article on the Catholic Herald.

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