Welcoming Christ in Refugees

Yesterday I posted a short reflection on the ways in which our response to the crisis in Calais and our attitude towards the women and men who have been forced to call ‘the jungle’ home.

The vitriolic language surrounding the asylum seskers and migrants living in the camp in Calais continues unabated but the symbolism of the chapel at the heart of the Calais ‘jungle’ is a reminder of our common humanity and of the refugee Christ who lives there in solidarity with those who cry out.

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For those interested in reflecting further on migration, asylum and religious faith here is a useful resource from The Vatican. Written in 2013 but more relevant than ever this summer – click on the link to access the report – ‘Welcoming Christ in Refugees and Displaced People’.