North America – Jesuits urge Canada and the U.S. to welcome Syrian refugees

Echoing Pope Francis’ call to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis, the Society of Jesus is urging elected officials to admit greater numbers of Syrian refugees to both Canada and the United States. Fr. Timothy Kesicki, SJ, president of the Jesuit Conference, joined other faith leaders in writing to members of U.S. Congress to urge that vulnerable individuals from a host of religions, ethnicities and backgrounds continue to be resettled in the United States read more…. In a letter to the Canadian government, Fr. Jean-Marc Biron, SJ, provincial of the Jesuits in French Canada, and Fr. Peter Bisson, SJ, provincial of the Jesuits in English Canada, asked the government to commit to welcoming, at least, 10,000 more Syrian refugees to the country.