Archive For December 28, 2015

“History’s most famous refugee”

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“History’s most famous refugee”

A blog post at Christmas by Cinnamon Network’s founder Matt Bird took the topic of “history’s most famous refugee”. As Christmas approaches we remember the birth of history’s most famous refugee, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The reigning King at the time of Jesus’s birth was fearful that his monarchy would be threatened by this child…

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Clerics camp out to raise money for Trócaire & Tearfund

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Clerics camp out to raise money for Trócaire & Tearfund

Clergymen sitting outside churches in the run up to Christmas is a bit of a Northern Ireland tradition! Buried deep in the job description to be Dean of St Anne’s Cathedral is a week long stint standing over a collection barrel in near zero temperatures outside the Belfast church. Yet over the years each incumbent…

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Archive: Church Publications on Refugees and Asylum

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Archive: Church Publications on Refugees and Asylum

We’ll keep this page up to date with archived publications that may still provide useful background information when responding to the current refugee crisis. Asylum principles First published in 2006, this book provides a resource for Christians who want to offer a welcome to the stranger in their midst. Download Asylum Principles.        …

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Irish Bishops’ statement on refugees

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Irish Bishops’ statement on refugees

The Autumn 2015 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference discussed the issue of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. In a statement, the Bishops affirmed and expressed gratitude to “faith-based organisations in showing leadership, collecting donations and providing vital humanitarian assistance in our dioceses – with the Saint Vincent de Paul Society standing out as…

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Bear hugs sent to refugee children – Project Paddington

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Bear hugs sent to refugee children – Project Paddington

Project Paddington was developed by a group of Sheffield mums as a way for children to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis amongst refugees and displaced people. 25,000 teddy bears were sent to refugee children in Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan along with notes of welcome and support. Children sponsored  teddy bears and the money raised was…

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Bible Societies in Europe reach out to refugees

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Bible Societies in Europe reach out to refugees

United Bible Societies reports that Bible Societies across Europe have been following Jesus’s teaching and responding to the needs to refugees arriving in western Europe. ‘I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes …’ (Matthew 25) They explain:…

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A Christian response to plight of refugees – Bishop Angaelos

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A Christian response to plight of refugees – Bishop Angaelos

Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom and Moderator of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) trustees, has written about a Christian response to the plight of refugees and displaced peoples: “We must also feel the pain of those suffering, share their burden, and provide for the immediate…

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