Inspired by the Year of Mercy, Catholics in England and Wales wrote messages of hope and welcome for refugees in their parishes and communities. So far, we have received an amazing number of messages – over 30,000! CAFOD is now looking for organisations, Justice and Peace projects and parishes to who can help us display or distribute these messages to refugees.
Can you distribute messages to refugees?
Is your parish hosting refugees? Do you have a project or organisation running a befriending scheme, creating care packages or teaching an ESOL class to refugees? We are looking for these kinds of projects to help us display messages in public spaces or distribute to refugees and asylum seekers to make them feel welcome.
Could you display a banner of messages?
We also now have banners that have selected messages printed in English, Spanish, French and Arabic and can be displayed indoors or outdoors. If you have a community space or information centre for refugees, this could be a perfect way to welcome them.
The messages have been written from members of the Catholic community all over England and Wales, of all ages and backgrounds. If you are interested in helping us share these messages, please contact Libby Abbott, CAFOD Campaigns Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org
So far, messages of hope have been sent to Calais, Lebanon, Athens and the Greek island of Lesbos as well as all over the UK. Visit the campaign’s storify page to see what’s gone on so far: https://storify.com/CAFOD/cafod-supporters-response-to-the-refugee-crisis
We want to share these welcoming messages with as many people as possible in 2017, to show our continued solidarity with those affected by the refugee crisis and to welcome with the stranger within our gates, for:
“The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself”.