Share the Journey: Pope Francis urges people to press governments over dignity of people on the move

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.

In the UK, aid agency CAFOD have launched an online petition to allow people to make their wishes known to the Prime Minister.

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.

The petition which CAFOD encourage you to sign says:

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.