Conor McGinn MP has been joined by members from across the House of Commons in welcoming the Catholic Church’s focus on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities this Racial Justice Sunday.
An Early Day Motion (EDM) tabled by Mr McGinn recognises the valuable contribution that Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities make to the Church and to wider society, while noting that the majority of people from these communities have experienced hate crime, and that they face the worst health, education and employment outcomes of any ethnic group. It concludes by calling for the government to take urgent action on these issues.
The Church’s theme for this year’s Racial Justice Sunday, which is marked today, Sunday 9th February, is ‘You are at the heart of the Church’, a quote from Pope St Paul VI’s Homily when he celebrated Mass at a Roma Traveller site.
As part of the day, co-ordinated by Bishop Paul McAleenan, Catholics are being asked to make pledges including challenging hate speech against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, and calling on local authorities to provide appropriate facilities.
Mr McGinn said: “I am delighted to support the Church’s focus on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities this Racial Justice Sunday.
“I have seen first-hand the enormous contribution that these communities make to our parishes and our local areas.
“However, our government and society must do far more to tackle the unacceptable levels of prejudice and disadvantage that they continue to face across the UK.”
Picture: Mass with the Traveller Community. (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk).