Manus’ Catholic sisters open home to refugees


THE Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny opened their home in Manus to refugees, inviting them to share their table on Easter Monday.
Catholic Bishops Conference secretary for communications and youth Fr Ambrose Pereira said that at Easter “we experience the light of Jesus that we need to share with others”.
“The example was led by Pope Francis to go out and meet the marginalised and the refugees is what inspired us,” Pereira said.
“Religious community have welcomed 10 refugees to their home to share and enjoy delicious warm meal together.
“Sr Rachel Arputham, who has been pastorally ministering to the refugees coordinated the event.”
Pereira said that migration is not a passing phenomenon, but a global reality of our time.
“They (refugees) suffer through the separation from their home and family, several are physically sick and the majority are mentally affected.”
Pereira said it was an occasion for him to listen to the pain and struggle as they negotiate the difficult path to find a way forward.