The Power of A Family Story

Our family’s stories profoundly shape us in our lives and in ministry. The following story of the experience during the Second World War of the family of Cardinal Michael Czerny SJ, the Under-Secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development highlights this fact.

His grandmother’s painting of Gospel account of “The Fight into Egypt” is a powerful image. The Cardinal holds this precious image and his family’s experiences of being displaced and persecuted as he works with and on behalf of some of the millions of refugees in our world and assumes responsibility in the Vatican.

His coat of arms and his simple pectoral cross bare powerful witness to his family’s experiences and reflect his current responsibilities in working with migrants and refugees and calling all members of the the Church to truly reflect God’s care and hospitality for others, and especially for migrants and refugees

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