Horsham residents join thousands to show support for refugees at rally in London
This weekend campaigners and CAFOD supporters joined tens of thousands of people in a march through London to show support for refugees.
Parishioners from St John the Evangelist Catholic church, travelled to London to walk alongside thousands of people in a march through the city, showing solidarity with refugees, before attending a rally at parliament square.
Geoscientist, Mark Daly from St John the Evangelist, Horsham, said:
“If I had a message to send to refugees, it would be in the words of The Beatles, ‘All you need is love and love is all you need’. We should all welcome everyone into our homes to prevent suffering.
“I think overseas development is really important, I have supported CAFOD for over 20 years and I really love their campaign to write messages for refugees.”
In an effort to show support for refugees, a large and varied group of organisations including CAFOD, Amnesty International, and the National Union of Teachers worked together to host the march in central London. CAFOD and Christian Aid, alongside other organisations, held an ecumenical service before the march at St James’s Roman Catholic Church, to show unity and pray for refugees.
Supporters of the Catholic aid agency CAFOD were holding hand-written messages to refugees. The charity launched an appeal in May inviting everyone to share their messages of hope and welcome and have so far received over 8,000 messages from over 130 different organisations, parishes, and schools. The messages will be dedicated at a special event in November to mark the end of Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy.