Statement on the Refugee Crisis

Message from Bishop Mark O'Toole:

Dear Parishioners

We have all been deeply moved by the scenes of refugees, from Syria Iraq and North Africa, fleeing their war-torn countries and trying to make their way into Europe. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has encouraged Catholic communities and parishes to be generous in receiving these refugees.

Thankfully, the Prime Minister has now indicated that the UK will receive 20,000 more refugees over these next years. The Bishops conference will be coordinating efforts with the Government on behalf of the Catholic community. At present we have been asked to identify in each diocese a point of local contact, who will also assist in liaising with local government agencies. I have asked Mary Conway, our Diocesan Justice and Peace Coordinator, to be this local point of contact for our diocese.

She will be working with me and our diocesan officers to see what assistance we can give in diocesan terms. It would be good, too, if parishes and any private individuals, could let Mary Conway know of any local help that is available; her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Let us keep all those seeking a safe home for their families very much in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

Thank you for your cooperation and your generosity.

Yours devotedly

Rt Rev Mark O’Toole
Bishop of Plymouth

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