Refugee Ministry

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Let us not forget the flesh of Christ which is in the flesh of refugees: their flesh is the flesh of Christ.
Pope Francis

Each year thousands refugees come to the Canada seeking to make a new life for themselves. Victims of war, oppression, and political turmoil, refugees come seeking the opportunity to live in peace, safety, and freedom. Upon arrival in Canada, they face the challenge of starting lives anew, often with little more than just a few material possessions. They must immediately attend to basic needs, such as food, clothing, shelter and jobs, while learning a new language and navigating the many cultural variations in our society. Consequently, there is a great need for people who are willing to help facilitate the integration of newly arriving refugee populations into our society.

The Diocese of St. Catharines has an active Refugee Ministry and has two refugee centres (Casa el Norte and Chez Marie Refuge) that offer a number of services to our brothers and sisters in need.

 

 

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Spike in the number of Niagara refugees

A growing number of refugee claimants are crossing the U.S. border into Canada illegally. The Canadian Border Services Agency says 433 people have made refugee claims at southern Ontario border crossings, including Niagara’s three bridges in the month of January.

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Delegation from Canada visits Catholic communities in Lebanon

A delegation including CCCB representatives and organized by the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace / Caritas Canada is visiting the Middle East, 29 January to 9 February 2017. Intended to be a tangible sign of the charity and solidarity of the universal Church for the Catholic faithful in the region, the delegation is focusing on Catholic communities in Lebanon and Syria. The […]

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Refuge in Niagara: Documentary

Watch this local production focuses on St. Kevin’s Parish Community’s Refugee Sponsorship Project.

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