(Washington, D.C.) April 20, 2014 — "Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more.
"... As the Church accompanies migrants and refugees on their journey, she seeks to understand the causes of migration, but she also works to overcome its negative effects, and to maximize its positive influence on the communities of origin, transit and destination.
"A change of attitude towards migrants and refugees is needed on the part of everyone, moving away from attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalization - all typical of a throwaway culture - towards attitudes based on a culture of encounter, the only culture capable of building a better, more just and fraternal world." ~ Pope Francis
May the joy of Easter morning reveal Christ to us and to refugees
and displaced people throughout our world.
May we spend our energies for the risen Lord in them!
Happy Easter from everyone at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA