Share the Journey is a global campaign calling on world leaders to make a united, global response to the plight of refugees and migrants worldwide.
The United Nations are meeting in September this year to agree new global agreements: one on migration and one on refugees.
The Holy Father has spoken of this moment as a unique opportunity for Catholics worldwide to put pressure on governments to respond with compassion by placing the human dignity of people on the move at the heart of these new agreements.
One of the first parishes to answer this call to action in the Diocese of Menevia, was Our Lady, Star of the Sea in Mumbles, Swansea.
Bishop Thomas Matthew Burns, is leading from the front by giving his public support to the Share the Journey campaign asking us all to “reach out” – to not turn away.
On Sunday afternoon of 17 June, Father Mansel Usher lead the way, walking along the beautiful Mumbles beachfront.
The Vatican hopes that Pope Francis’ intervention will galvanise action in the same way that the encyclical Laudato Si’ influenced the Paris climate agreement in 2015.
CAFOD has launched a petition to the UK Prime Minister, urging Britain to take a lead role in ensuring that the human dignity of refugees and migrants is respected; that vulnerable persons are protected; that safe and legal routes are provided; that access to education and foster care for young people who have been separated from their families is available; that migrants are protected from exploitation, forced labour and human trafficking; and to ensure that all countries host their fair share of refugees.
Can you speak up for refugees and migrants? Show your support online here.
Take a look at the #sharethejourney logo – it’s been used by Catholic organisations across the world, including CAFOD, CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) and JRS (Jesuit Refugee Service) in the UK to show that we are campaigning together.
Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age.
Pope Francis, 104th World Day of Migrants and
“I was a stranger and you made me welcome”
Grateful thanks to Tony O’Kane for taking the photos of the walk.