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Rejecting the Holy Family

"As we fix our gaze on the Holy Family of Nazareth as they were forced to become refugees, let us think of the tragedy of those migrants and refugees who are victims of rejection an exploitation, who are victims of trafficking and of slave labour." Pope Francis, Angelus, 29 December 2013 During the Christmas season as we fix our gaze on the Holy Family, we can easily see in them today’s refugees who share the Holy Family’s experience of rejection. During the season of Lent, as we gaze upon the many rejected and exploited migrants and refugees of our world, do we recognise the Holy Family in them? If we saw in each asylum seeker a member of the Holy Family, how might our response be different?

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