Archbishop Justin on World Refugee Day
Thursday 20th June 2013Christians urgently need to reach out in love to the millions suffering as refugees, writes Archbishop Justin
Today we remember the millions of people "who have been forced from their homes and homelands, out into a world that is unfamiliar, frightening and dangerous," the Archbishop said in a blog on World Refugee Day.
"Welcoming the stranger has always been a core Christian value," he said. For this reason, churches around the world care for people "who have been forced into becoming 'strangers'" after fleeing violence and persecution.
"They offer a welcome to people who have been robbed of their homes, their societies and their cultures," he added.
Humanitarian crises are becoming more complex in the face of food shortages, climate change and political failure to build peace, Archbishop Justin said.
He urged international humanitarian agencies and local religious groups to work more closely to relieve the suffering of refugees.
"As Christians, now more than ever, we must be ready to offer the love of Christ to all those enduring the tragedy of being a strange," he said.