For the past several weeks, Global Sisters Report has focused on the specific stages in the journey of refugees taken by an estimated 25.4 million people around the globe.
At every stage in our Seeking Refuge series, we found sisters and people working with them. They aid refugees in settlements and camps in Uganda and Jordan and assist asylum-seekers in the United States. They help resettle refugees in Europe and the U.S. heartland and find ways to work around increasingly hostile government policies designed to repel those who seek safety and economic opportunity. They restore dignity and a sense of hope to people whose dreams are dashed by deportation.
For many, this is a decadeslong ministry, but in our reporting this year, we found a new urgency and a new inspiration.
Pope Francis has made the care of migrants and refugees a major focus of his papacy. No other religious or political leader has done as much as the pope in calling attention to the moral dimensions of the current refugee dilemma and in reminding the world of our shared obligations to others.