Allow in more refugees – archbishop

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Published: Wednesday 24th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Britain should accept more refugees from war-torn Syria, the Archbishop of Wales has said.

In his Christmas message, Barry Morgan insists that helping the poor and refugees are two things Britain and individuals can practically do.

Touching upon the Ebola crisis and the murderous rise of Islamic State, the 67-year-old cleric said 2014 had been an “especially bleak” year.

He said: “The horrors of civil war in Syria, where the United Nations estimates that more than 100,000 have been killed but has now given up even trying to count and four million Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.

“We cannot forget that the God we worship is revealed in Jesus who was born in Palestine, an occupied country, whose parents became refugees as they fled a genocidal tyrant in the person of Herod. That echoes the experience of millions in our world.

“We too may feel totally powerless where there are four million refugees who have fled from Syria alone. It ought to spur us, as Christians, to urge our Government to open our borders to far more of them than the few we do shelter, and touch our own hearts in being financially generous to charities which alleviate their plight.”

Dr Morgan added that he could understand how people might feel that there “was darkness everywhere”.

But in his message of Christmas he said God is “revealed in weakness” to help people “face that which they have to endure”.

Published: Wednesday 24th December 2014 by The News Editor

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