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Recognising migrants’ contribution

London’s migrant community came to St George's Cathedral, Southwark, on the May Bank Holiday for the 13th annual Mass for Migrants in honour of St Joseph the Worker.

The Mass is a joint celebration between the three Catholic dioceses in London, Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster, supported by the diocesan Justice and Peace Commissions and London Citizens. This year the Mass was led by the Archbishop of Southwark, Peter Smith.

Concelebrating were the Eritrean Eparch Kidane Yebio, Bishop of Brentwood Alan Williams, Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster Paul McAleenan and Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark Pat Lynch.

During his homily, Archbishop Peter stressed that Catholic social teaching recognises the right of every person to emigrate, referencing the 46 ethnic chaplaincies in London. He addressed migrants in the congregation saying: ‘I want to thank you and the wider migrant community for your presence in this country; it is a great blessing.’

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