"Who has wept for the deaths of these brothers and sisters? Who has wept for the people who were on the boat? For the young mothers carrying their babies? For these men who wanted something to support their families? We are a society that has forgotten the experience of weeping, of “suffering with”: the globalization of indifference has taken from us the ability to weep!"
The words above were spoken by Pope Francis during a Mass that he celebrated on the island of Lampedusa with the residents and the immigrants who have sought refuge there. During Migrant and Refugee Week (19-25 August) they are a powerful reminder of the issues we find "important".
The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has collated a number of resources for Migrant and Refugee week to help us gain a better understanding of the issues and to restore "hope" to the concept of migrants and migration.