Bishop visits charity workers and volunteers helping refugees in Dover
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Bishop visits charity workers and volunteers helping refugees in Dover

THE Belfast-born Auxiliary Bishop for Westminster Paul McAleenan, who is also Lead Bishop for Migrants and Refugees for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, travelled to Dover on September 15. 

He was meeting with charity workers and volunteers who are helping refugees, reports the Independent Catholic News.

Bishop McAleenan said: “Here in Dover, it has been most edifying to meet those who, like Our Blessed Lady, have thrown in their lot with the refugees and are willing to support them, speak on their behalf and advocate for their cause.

“On this beautiful afternoon, I met so many people who spoke movingly about their work and their intention to continue to spread the message that it’s so necessary for us to support migrants and refugees.

'Through their work, meeting with refugees, they have discovered the truth – that they are God’s children. We are all brothers and sisters in Jesus and we support them.”

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Bishop McAleenan, who is 69, trained for the priesthood at St. Patrick's College, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

He has served for over 30 years in several English parishes.

He was named Canon prior to his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster in November 2015.