Pope Francis has declared this time a ‘unique opportunity’ to press governments to make global commitments which place the human dignity of people on the move at their heart.
He launched the campaign on Wednesday 27 September, meeting and embracing migrants during his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square, saying:
“Hope is the desire to share the journey of life, as the Caritas campaign that we inaugurate today reminds us. Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid to share the journey! Do not be afraid to share hope!”
The Share the Journey campaign brings together more than 200 Catholic organisations, including CAFOD and Caritas Social Action in England and Wales, and sister Caritas agencies in every continent.
War, persecution, natural disaster and poverty force millions of people from their homes. Most come from poor countries, and seek safety in poor countries nearby.
We cannot turn away. These are human beings with hopes, fears, desires and stories to share, just like each one of us.
Inspired by Pope Francis’ special concern for people on the move, we urge Britain to play a leading role in the forthcoming global compacts on migration and refugees.
We urge you and other world leaders to develop a united, global response which:
- respects human dignity
- protects the vulnerable
- supports host countries
- keeps families together
- tackles the reasons why people migrate.
This post will be updated if Trócaire launch a similar petition in Ireland.