By Doug Poling
In a recent address to world leaders, Pope Benedict the 16th urged that nations of the world to take in and care for refugees who are seeking asylum in their countries. Speaking on a day set aside by the United Nations as World Refugee Day, the pope said that accepting refugees was a dutiful gesture of human solidarity. And he said that taking in refugees is a concrete way for Christians to show love. This is indeed a Christian virtue, to reach out to people with special needs..people who are homeless and desperate. The world’s refugees are truly people who need help. A United Nations report says that, at the end of last year, the year 2006, the world had about 9.9 million refugees. That is a 14 per cent increase over the number of refugees in the previous year. Creation of large numbers of refugees is one of the worst effects of war. For example, there are hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan where a cruel genocidal war has been going on. The long war in Iraq has created many refugees also. Many Christians and Christian churches around the world are reaching out to these people who have nowhere to go and no way of feeding, clothing and housing themselves. The pope is right: Caring for such people is indeed a Christian virtue. Jesus once described people who are righteous, saying they give to those who are hungry and thirsty, to those who need clothes, to those who need shelter. He said when you do these things for such people, you are really doing it for him.
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