Benedict XVI: Message for World Refugee Day

Drawing attention to World Refugee Day promoted by the UN, the Pope says "works of charity" are the fruit of partaking of the Eucharist.

"The care of Christians for those in need and their commitment to a more supportive society are contiually nourished by active and conscious partaking of the Eucharist." This is what Benedict XVI said in yesterday's Angelus address according to AsiaNews.

Addressing an enormous crowd of at least 30,000 people, he recalled World Refugee Day, which is set to be marked today by the UN along the theme "It takes courage to be a refugee".

The Catholic Church offers swift, efficient and committed service at the frontline of refugee situations across the world, including Italy, Asia, Africa.

This Eucharistic Year, Benedict XVI said all this commitment does not consist of mere generosity; rather, it is the fruit of faith which is nourished during liturgical celebrations. At the same time, the Eucharist prompts the Christian community towards an ongoing "capacity to go against widespread poverties in our world".

Benedict XVI: From the Eucharist comes love for refugees and the poor (AsiaNews 19/6/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorced by Church Resources)
United Nations |UN High Commissioner for Refugees | World Refugee Day
Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office
Jesuit Refugee Service
Mercy Refugee Service

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20 Jun 2005