Collections take place across peninsula
Fr Canny, from Urris and spokesperson for the Derry Diocese, was speaking to the Journal as collection points and vigils take place across Inishowen and Donegal, in response to one of “greatest humanitarian crises’ Europe has faced in decades.
Fr Canny reflected on the words of Pope Francis in Rome on Sunday, adding that “faith is not a hobby for the weekend” and help must be given to those in need.
He said: “Speaking in Rome on Sunday, September 6th, the Pope said: “May every parish, every religious community, every, monastery, every sanctuary of Europe, take in one family.”
Fr Canny added: “These refugees are on a journey of hope, the gospel is also about a journey of hope. “Faith is not a hobby for the weekend, it is about doing all we can to help our brother and sisters in need, whoever they may be or wherever they come from.”
“Having spoken to some clergy locally there is a genuine willingness, I believe, to help in a practical way at this time. Because the entry of refugees has to come through governments we are at odds as how to help. Despite this, I feel many Catholic parishes are willing to take in arRefugee family or two at this time and sustain them over a longer period of time.”
Fr Canny’s comments come as people across Inishowen respond in their droves to calls for help, joining a worldwide response - accelerated by the harrowing images published across the world last week.
These included the heartbreaking pictures of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi from Syria, whose tiny body washed up on a beach in Turkey. It led to calls for more to be done and Ireland has agreed to take in more refugees, with Tanaiste Joan Burton stating yesterday the country could accept 5,000 refugees over a period of time.