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Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

(Abridged) Faith assures us that in a mysterious way the Kingdom of God is already present here on earth (cf. Gaudium et Spes, 39). Yet in our own time, we are saddened to see the obstacles and opposition it encounters. Violent conflicts and all-out wars continue to tear humanity apart; injustices and discrimination follow one […]

Refugeees and Migrants

In late June, the Vatican released a statement saying that Pope Francis was deeply upset by the photo of a father and daughter from El Salvador, Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his nearly 2-year-old daughter Valeria, who drowned while attempting to cross the Rio Grande to reach Brownsville, Texas: “The pope is profoundly saddened by […]

Recognising the Child Jesus in the faces of little children

In Bethlehem, Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary. He was born, not by the will of man, but by the gift of the love of God our Father, who so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). We […]

104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees

14 January 2018 Statistics about refugees and migrants are mind-boggling and horrendous. The United Nations Refugee Agency calculates that 65.6 million people were forced from their homes in 2016. Among them were nearly 22.5 million refugees, more than half of whom were under the age of 18. Of these, about 8 million were being hosted […]



The carpenter and the crosses

In 2011, a bedraggled group of Eritrean refugees went to Mass in the local Church to pray for their loved ones who had not survived the crossing

Thursday 15 December

Isaiah 54:1-10; Psalm 30; Luke 7:24-30 All are welcome Isaiah invites the people to ‘widen the space of your tent.’ Can we use the image as an invitation to make space for others? This can be in our country, to welcome refugees; in our family, to invite someone for a meal; in our friendships, to […]

Brownsville Parish Texas Welcomes Immigrant Children

This article is reprinted from The Valley Catholic, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Used with permission, and with thanks to the Editor, Brenda Nettles Riojas. ‘I see some of them crying as they pray’ Almost every Sunday, more than 100 immigrant children under 18 years of age attend Mass at San […]

Marists on the Thailand-Burma border

Why are Marists on the Thailand-Burma border? I’m a Marist priest, born and raised in Wanganui, ordained a Priest in 2000, and now I’m working in the Marist Mission in Ranong. I’ve been in the mission here for 3 years now. Although there are many challenges and difficulties, I feel a deep joy being here […]

Thursday 17 September

1 Timothy 4:12-16; Ps. 111; Luke 7:36-50 See this woman This is a poignant story of an extraordinary encounter between an anonymous woman and Jesus. A story of the hospitality of Jesus and of love exchanged. Here is an outcast who dares because she is desperate. This reminds me of the migrant refugees, especially the […]