How would you feel if you and your family had to flee your home right now?
Did you know that every minute, 31 people are forced to flee their homes to seek refuge and safety in another village, city or country? There are currently more than 68.5 million children, women and men in this situation around the world. From climate change to extreme poverty and armed conflict, there are many different reasons why people flee.
This Lenten season, Development and Peace – Caritas Canada invites you to share the journey with people forced to seek refuge, and to reach out and encounter them. Together, let’s walk on the path of solidarity.
The annual Solidarity Sunday collection for Development and Peace will be on Sunday, April 7, the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Your generous solidarity is vital to the mission of Development and Peace and its ability to help, respect, and promote the poor.
Walk and Fundraise
This year, we are walking in solidarity with the 68.5 million children, women, and men who have been forced to flee their homes. Every step you take will send a strong message to the Canadian government that it must do more to end forced migration around the world.
The Objective: to walk 40,075 km, the equivalent of the Earth’s circumference, and raise funds to support Development and Peace’s community development programs, by August 31st 2019.
Support the Mission
No one should be forced to flee their homes
Never have so many people fled war, persecution, natural disasters, extreme poverty, and development megaprojects. By taking action and fundraising with Development and Peace, you can make a real difference.
Donate online at devp.org/give or give during the Solidarity Sunday collection on the 5th Sunday of Lent on April 7. The funds collected are used to support over 162 projects in 37 countries around the world!
Lent calls us to three actions: praying, fasting, and almsgiving.
- Praying: We pray to grow close to God – the source of our strength and the inspiration for how we live in the world.
- Fasting: We fast from things we enjoy. When we do this, we create space for God.
- Almsgiving: We give alms because we are inspired by God’s love for every part of His creation. We respond with charity – helping others in their need – and with justice – being transformed ourselves, in order to bring about the kingdom of God.
Use this calendar to learn, think, pray and act throughout your Lenten journey!
A Prayer for Forced Migrants around the World
Have mercy on me, God most high.
In my fear and loneliness, be my refuge.
Far from my homeland, I feel lost.
My heart is stirred by thoughts of the family I left behind.
O God, hear their cries and come to their help!
Calm the storms of anxiety and doubt raging within me.
Go before me and guide my steps among a people I do not know.
May their kindness and compassion assure me that You are there to welcome me.
Prayer developed by Cardinal Luis Tagle, President of Caritas Internationalis, following his experiences meeting forced migrants supported by the Caritas family.