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To Go Forth is a blog of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development (JPHD). The blog takes its inspiration from Pope Francis’ challenge to go forth to the “peripheries” to share the Good News and stand in solidarity with those suffering poverty and injustice.


Praying with, for, and among Refugees

James Martin, SJ, and Matthew Weiner

July 14, 2021

ranyelraw-1561430701981-cathopic_002.jpgAlong with Father’s Day, this past June 20th marked World Refugee Day. It was not at the center of mainstream media, but countless events took place globally to draw attention to one of the central crises of our time--the forced displacement of millions of our brothers and sisters from their homes. This year the day was marked by a series of innovative interfaith events that focused on praying with and for refugees. World Refugee Day Interfaith Prayer Services held in locations as diverse as New York City, New Orleans, West Palm Beach, Chicago, and Cincinnati featured diverse religious leaders and local refugees praying for the wellbeing of refugees everywhere while drawing attention to who lives in one’s community, as well as sharing stories of resilience and spiritual journey.

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