Pope Benedict XVI has called for respect of refugees’ rights.
Talking about the World Refugee Day, the Pope said: "It seeks to draw the attention of the international community to the situation of so many people, especially families, who are forced to flee their own lands” because they are “threatened by armed conflict and serious forms of violence."
World Refugee Day was established by the United Nations to honour the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. It is observed on 20th June every year.
"I assure these severely tried brothers and sisters of the Holy See's prayers and constant solicitude, at the same time expressing the hope that their rights may always be respected and that they may soon be able to be reunited with their loved ones," the Pope said.