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Every migrant has a name, a face, a story.

Pope Francis

The Department for International Affairs of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales has published a new document on the Catholic response to refugees and migrants.

The document takes its title of Love the stranger from Deuteronomy 10:19 which tells us to: “Love the stranger then, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

Love the stranger roots our response to migrants and refugees in the innate worth of each human person, looking beyond statistics and policies to the person - each with a name, a face and a story, stating,
"We are called to see Christ in them, for all people are created in His image. And we are called to see ourselves in them, for we all share this common humanity. "

The document offers 24 principles, based on the Catholic Social Teaching, that should guide our response to migrants and refugees and calls on all Catholics to "reach out the hand of friendship to migrants and refugees so that they can help us grow in the love of God and we can together grow in universal fraternity and solidarity."

Read the full text of Love the Stranger.

Journeys family prayer ideas

Prayer ideas to help families reflect on the journeys made by refugees, when they are forced to leave their homes by hunger, war, or natural disaster.