Irish Hierarchy’s Statement on World Refugee Year
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The following statement was issued in 1959 by the Irish hierarchy at their October meeting in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth:
The Holy Father has recently appealed to the whole Catholic world for support for the World Refugee Year.
At the present time, fourteen years after the cessation of hostilities, there are still vast multitudes of men and women and children, herded together in refugee camps, for whom even a humble home is only a memory or a dream. They are without adequate food, clothing or warmth, and are far away from their native lands. Their condition is humiliating to their very dignity as human beings. As the years go by there is growing in their hearts a sense of hopelessness and despair. Their hardest cross is the feeling that the world has forgotten them.
During this World Refugee Year we will have an opportunity of showing them that they are not forgotten and that our hearts go out to them in Christian love and sympathy. To help them is not merely a duty: it is a privilege and an honour, for Our Divine Lord Himself, who ‘had not whereon to lay his head,’ has told us that ‘as often as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.’
We urge you, dearly beloved brethren, ‘in the charity of Christ’ to contribute in accordance with your means in order to help these poor suffering people. We are confident that the Irish nation, which has known so much suffering and deprivation in its history, and which in recent years has been outstanding in its generosity to suffering people abroad, will once more demonstrate to the world its great spirit of Christian charity.
We would commend to your generosity the cause of the World Refugee Year and we give our blessing to the efforts of the Irish Red Cross Society to further its aims.
Given at Maynooth on 13th October, 1959.
Signed on behalf of the archbishops and bishops of Ireland.
+JOHN CARDINAL D’ALTON,
Archbishop of Armagh,
Primate of All Ireland.
Bishop of Raphoe.
Bishop of Achonry.
Posted on May 27, 2011, in Archbishop John Charles McQuaid, Bishop Con Lucey, Bishop Michael Browne, Bishops' Pastorals, Cardinal John D'Alton, Catholic Social Teaching, Emigration, International Ethics, Irish History. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.