Diocese of Brentwood residents join thousands to show support for refugees at rally in London
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This weekend campaigners and CAFOD supporters joined tens of thousands of people in a march through London to show support for refugees.
Parishioners, children and volunteers from Brentwood diocese travelled to London to walk alongside thousands of people in a march through the city, showing solidarity with refugees, before attending a rally at parliament square.
NHS worker Peter Resteghini said:
I support CAFOD and all organisations that support equality and rights. My message of hope would be that: “We are all equal, those who have let you down need to stand up and support you.”
His son added: “We welcome you here”
Geraldine Ellis from St Edward the Confessor in Romford said:
I have been a CAFOD supporter all my life, I support Hands On, a project where you
actually see through a project changing the lives of a community. My sister and I are part of the Catholic Social Group and we collect food to be sent out to the camps to help refugees.
My message of hope would be that: “We love you and we hope for you. You don’t deserve to suffer any more and that we will welcome you with open arms.”
Supporters of the Catholic aid agency CAFOD were holding hand-written messages to refugees. The charity launched an appeal in May inviting everyone to share their messages of hope and welcome and have so far received over 8,000 messages from over 130 different organisations, parishes, and schools.
The messages will be dedicated at a special event in November to mark the end of Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy.