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World Refugee Day 2013 - Message from Pope Francis, "We See the Face of Christ in Refugees"

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World Refugee Day 2013 - Message from Pope Francis,

Marking World Refugee Day on Thursday June 20th, Pope Francis has made an impassioned appeal for people and institutions around the world to come to the aid of the countless families forced to flee their homelands because of violence and persecution.

During his weekly General Audience on Wednesday 19 June, the Holy Father stated:

This year we are invited to give special consideration to the situation of refugee families, often forced to leave their home and their homeland quickly, to leave all they own and every security, to flee from violence, persecution or grave discrimination on religious, ethnic or political grounds.

In addition to the dangers of the journey, often these families risk disintegration and, in the country that receives them, having to deal with cultures and societies that different from their own. We cannot be insensitive to the families and to all our brothers and sisters refugees: we are called to help them, opening up to understanding and hospitality. May people and institutions around the world never fail to assist them: their face, is the face of Christ!

Let us take up the Holy Father's appeal not to be 'insensitive' to the needs of refugees. Do we see them as a threat, or do we see in them the face of Christ?

Here is the full text of the Message for World Refugee Day 2013 - this message was written by Benedict XVI, and has the theme and has the theme: "Migrations: pilgrimage of faith and hope”.

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