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World Refugee Day - June 20

The action of IBVM Canada is an answer to the call to respond to "the cry of our

many brothers and sisters who yearn to be freed from the yoke of poverty,

violence and injustice …"

Pope Francis, 2019

The commitment to justice is a commitment of love and respect for all those

who suffer the tragedy of persecution and exclusion. All people are called to

become aware, and to respond from love, with compassion, devotion and a

commitment to justice.

Eva Rodriguez-Diaz, Mary Ward Centre. Toronto, June 20, 2022

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to celebrate the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.

Refugee - An expression of human tragedy

A refugee is a person, family or group of people who leave their country of

origin as an alternative or the only possibility to protect their life. Violence, political, religious and ideological persecution are the most frequent causes by which people are forced to leave their countries, placing them in refugee status. During the last decade humanity observes how sexual orientation has become a vector of persecution and threat, causing people with diverse sexual identities to become refugees.

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