Please use this opportunity to promote the resources created by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and to recognise the problems faced by people due to racism and ethnic discrimination in the workplace.
In Octogesima Adveniens and Gaudium et Spes, St Paul VI teaches that “all people have a right to work … to lead a worthy life on the material, social, cultural and spiritual level”. We are therefore called to ensure people are not exploited while they work, and to open our hearts to those who face this hatred. “As you did this to the one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me…”
In our task as disciples of Christ, our responsibility is to make sure people are treated with dignity at work and are not exploited. Migrant communities and those suffering from racial abuse are particularly vulnerable to being drawn into unjust working conditions and labour exploitation.
Resources such as Bidding prayers and other suggestions are available from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference for England and Wales Website.