On the occasion of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sunday January 17, 2016, Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto celebrated Mass hosted by the Goan community at St. Joseph’s Church in Mississauga, Ontario. On January 22, the Catholic Register newspaper published an article by Michael Swan describing the event. The Cardinal reminded the people about the document from Pope Francis in which he announced the theme for this year as: “Migrants and Refugees Challenge us. The response of the Gospel of Mercy“. The Cardinal also spoke of the long history of the Toronto Archdiocese in welcoming migrants and refugees.
After the Mass, a reception was held in the parish hall. A number of dignitaries attended to enjoy some food, music and dancing. The Goan community presented a slide show of the beauty of their home country, the food, the beaches and the water.
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