Standing with our Refugee Neighbors

Celebrate Refugee Contributions at Twin Cities World Refugee Day Celebration on Sunday.

According to the United Nations, during every minute of every day, 20 people from around the world leave everything behind to escape war, persecution, or terror. These men, women, and children seek safety, often surviving the unimaginable. Some ultimately arrive here in Minnesota, determined to build a better life. Catholic Charities is proud that—over the course of more than four decades—we resettled more than 24,000 refugees from 25 countries. These refugees are now part of the fabric of our community.

At Catholic Charities, our work is guided by the tenets of Catholic Social teaching, serving and advocating on behalf of those most in need.  A fundamental tenet of Catholic Social Teaching is “welcoming the stranger.”  Just two days ago, Pope Francis celebrated a Mass for Migrants, where he echoed those teachings, saying, “Migrants are persons…. They are the symbol of all those rejected by today’s globalized society.” Stressing the need for “a preferential option for the least,” the Pope added that, “We could be…angels, taking under our wings the little ones, the lame, the sick, those excluded…the least ones.”

Twin Cities World Refugee Day

Twin Cities World Refugee Day

TWIN CITIES WORLD REFUGEE DAY CELEBRATION:  We invite you to celebrate the contributions of refugees by joining our neighbors at the 13th Annual Twin Cities World Refugee Day Celebration on Sunday, July 14, from 2:00-7:00 p.m. at Loring Park in Minneapolis. The event is a “celebration of culture and life that brings Minnesotans together to recognize and uplift the diverse gifts that refugees bring to our state.” You can enjoy cultural performances and educational activities—as well as cuisine from around the world available from local food trucks. Additional event info is here:

Read selected notable quotations from Catholic Social Teaching about migration, immigration and refugees

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