There are currently over 65 million refugees and internally displaced people in the world, half of whom are minors. That’s roughly the population of the United Kingdom. Activists, academics, and religious from all over the globe have been meeting in Rome Nov. 1-4 to discuss the role of universities and educators in offering help to the ever-growing numbers of migrants and displaced persons in the world.
Once the situation of crisis is mitigated and their basic needs are met, immigrants and refugees don’t want handouts: They want an education. Professionally-oriented courses in teaching, nursing, IT, translation, hospitality and management have proved to be the most effective in helping migrants and refugees hone their skills and generate income, which in turn opens the door for further education.
According to a Caritas report, the quantity and quality of food had dropped across Venezuela, due to the chronic shortage of products available and high inflation rates.
The Caritas report stated that each week five or six children die of malnutrition. Caritas projects that 280,000 children could eventually die from hunger. In addition, 63% of public hospitals do not have potable water, and 64% do not have milk for children, 51% do not have sufficient facilities for operations, Caritas warned.
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The Pope explained that “Saints are our brothers and sisters who have received the light of God in their hearts and have transmitted it to the world, each according to their own “tonality”. This is the purpose of life, continued Pope Francis, to pass on the light of God; and also the purpose of our lives….”
“Whoever is with Jesus is blessed, he is happy, noted the Pope, adding that happiness is not in having something or becoming someone, “no, the real happiness is to be with the Lord and to live for love, he said.”