Another #WorldRefugeeDay

The Lampedusa Cross on my desk.

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A Six-Year Old’s Compassion

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Six-year old Alex

Deep within each of us is a moral compass. We can look at that compass and follow it or not; that is called free will.  It is interesting how instinctive and easy it is for children to follow the moral direction it points with compassion and heartfelt sympathy for others.  A six-year old New York boy named Alex saw the picture of little Omran Daqneesh in the back of an ambulance in Aleppo, Syria and was moved with compassion.  He was so moved that he wrote a letter to President Obama asking the President to go get Omran and bring him to the U.S. so that Alex’s family  “will give him a family and he will be our brother.”  The moving story of Alex’s plea can be found here: Alex’s Letter to the President.

Deep within each of us is a moral compass.  Like Alex, we each should follow it; it will help us navigate to a better world.

The Georgia Bulletin: The Refugee Crisis in Europe from an Eyewitness’ Perspective

POPE GENERAL AUDIENCE
Pope Francis walks with refugees as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 22.  The pope invited more than a dozen refugees to sit near him on stage during his catechesis.  CNS photo/Paul Haring

This Commentary was authored for The Georgia Bulletin and was published on July 7, 2016.  Please read the full commentary at:  Deacon Steve Swope’s Georgia Bulletin Commentary on Refugees.

U.S. Congress Passes the Global Food Security Act

The Global Food Security Act, sponsored by the Honorable Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ) passed the House of Representatives today.  It previously passed in the Senate.  This bill which the president said he will sign will require the United States Government to have a coordinated whole-of-government approach to food security that will improve millions of lives. In addition, the bill guarantees two years of funding for America’s food security investments. This funding goes mainly to small impoverished men and women farmers to help them through a program called Feed the Future, which has already helped 7 million small-scale farmers grow more food, and improved nutrition for 12.5 million children.    

This is a remarkable victory for the world’s poorest and yet another shining example of Christian and American compassion and generosity.

A Refugee “Do Unto Others” Story

A 1945 photo of a Greek refugee camp in Nuseirat, southern Palestine (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration)

From 1940-1945 the countries of the Middle East accepted refugees fleeing war torn Europe.   It does not seem too much to ask that the same generosity now be extended to war refugees from the Middle East fleeing toward Europe.
The full, mostly forgotten story is here.