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Expression of solidarity with migrants, refugees and the Grande Mosquée de Québec

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The four members of the Congregational Leadership Team of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) sent a letter to the directors of the Great Mosque of Quebec following the tragic events that occurred in January in Québec City (Canada).

Lamenting the “loss of people who enriched Quebec society by the quality of their lives,” the letter affirmed that the sisters of this international congregation stand in solidarity with Muslims throughout the world. “With you, in prayer, we hope for a world of peace and justice.”

Process to adopt a corporate stand on migrants and refugees

At the same time as this tragic event in early January 2017, SNJMs launched a congregation-wide process in view of adopting a corporate stand on migrants and refugees.

In the context of the current international reality and building upon the Acts of the 2011 and 2016 Chapters, as well as on the experience of SNJM sisters and associates working with migrants and refugees, the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary have embarked upon this extensive deliberation. The process will culminate in a vote in May 2107.

Meetings are being held in several different locations and in all the regions of this international religious congregation which works in North America, South America and Africa.

Supporting the work for justice with and for migrants and refugees

For SNJMs, this process of reflection and the eventual adoption of a corporate stand in May officially confirms their support for working for justice with and for migrants and refugees. It is a way of drawing more specific attention to this issue that has a catastrophic impact on the life of every individual affected by it. It is also a method of denouncing deplorable situations while acting in concrete ways to counteract the injustices.

It is important to note that the displacement of human beings has been steadily increasing for a number of years at a rate exceeding that of the growth in world population.  Some 65 million people have been forced to leave their homes, including more than 21 million refugees. 

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