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Toronto Star equates Syrian refugees, migrants to journey of Christ’s family

The Toronto Star’s editorial on December 24, 2016 “A Time to Renew Hope was dedicated to Christmas and its optimistic message on the eve of the new year.

The Star found source of “inspiration” in the story of the refugees from the Middle East and elsewhere who resettled in Canada and renewed the faith and hope of Canadians in better future.

The following are excerpts from the editorial (to read the online version of the article click HERE):

…the news sections of the paper are filled with such dire tidings. Still, even there we can find inspiration.

The ordeals of migrants in the Middle East and elsewhere, for example, clearly parallel the troubled journey of Christ’s own family, fleeing a tyrant and seeking refuge in a humble dwelling.

We can respond with generosity and an open heart, as many Canadians have done this past year, when strangers appear on our doorstep looking to build new lives among us. This is more than just good politics.

:As Pope Francis pointed out in a timely tweet this week, it’s in tune with the most fundamental message of the Christmas story. “Welcoming the other,” he said, “means welcoming God in person.”


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