The Winter 2019 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference called on all Catholic parishes and communities to welcome and assist refugees in their local areas in light of the Gospel message. For Catholic communities who are able to be more proactive in terms of practically assisting with the accommodation and integration of refugees.
Bishops welcomed the Apostolic Letter by Pope Francis, published on the first Sunday of Advent, on the meaning and importance of the nativity scene. In it he reminds us:
‘By being born in a manger, God himself launches the only true revolution that can give hope and dignity to the disinherited and the outcast: the revolution of love, the revolution of tenderness. From the manger, Jesus proclaims, in a meek yet powerful way, the need for sharing with the poor as the path to a more human and fraternal world in which no one is excluded or marginalized.’