Share their journey urges Pope on refugee issue

 Rohingya refugees walk into a camp in  Bangladesh (Tommy Trenchard)

Pope Francis will today launch a global campaign to promote the rights of refugees and migrants, Caritas Australia reports.

The Pope is encouraging people to talk with a refugee or migrant - to hear their story and share their journey. Francis is also speaking to governments about the issue.

“He is urging all nations to improve their role in the protection of the world’s 22 million current refugees and to simplify their visa application processes,” said Caritas Australia chief executive Paul O’Callaghan.

“He wants to see families re-unified wherever possible and to show a spirit of generosity and compassion to those who have lost so much," Mr O'Callaghan said.

On World Migrant Day 2016, Francis said: “Migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger, exploitation and the unjust distribution of the planet’s resources which are meant to be equitably shared by all.”

The Pope’s call for change comes as the global Caritas network responds to 400,000 refugees who have fled violence in Rakhine state in Myanmar and crossed into neighbouring Bangladesh.

Cardinal Patrick D'Rozario CSC, Archbishop of Dhaka said: “Bangladesh has not only opened the borders, but we have also opened our hearts with love and compassion to the children, women, old, the sick, the wounded and even the thousands who are unborn.”

The global Caritas confederation recently launched an Emergency Appeal to meet the needs of the newly-arrived Rohingyas in Bangladesh.

Details: www.caritas.org.au/sharejourney

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Pope Francis calls on us to 'Share the Journey' with migrants and refugees (Caritas Australia)

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