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Following the tragic death of 27 migrants who drowned near Calais as they attempted to cross the Channel on Wednesday 24th November, Cardinal Vincent said:

'The terrible loss of so many lives in the Channel is a tragic summons to action. This event illustrates graphically both the ruthless evil of the traffickers and the desperation of those trying to escape poverty, conflict or persecution in search of a better life.

'Every one is a child of God, with an innate dignity and worth. Focussed international cooperation, safe routes to sanctuary and joint efforts to tackle poverty are all needed in the face of a global flood of desperate humanity.'

Caritas Westminster are hosting a session an event on the Community Sponsorship Scheme on 9th December for those wishing to find out more about opportunities to welcome refugees. 

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