The project in detail
The “Reech eng Hand – Reaching Out” diocesan project is a project that relies on the commitment of parishes, associations and religious communities. It is organized locally with recognized refugees and applicants for international protection who reside in these parishes.
A diocesan work group coordinates the project, organizes training for volunteers involved at the local level and ensures the exchange of best practices through this website.
After the last great wave of refugees due to the conflict in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the exodus of thousands of people from the Middle East today poses serious challenges in terms of reception and integration of these persons, especially in states neighbouring the conflict areas but also in the European Union and its member states.
The number of international protection applications is continuously rising and has accelerated since the conflicts began.
Given this painful and highly topical context, the Catholic Church in Luxembourg, through the project “Reech eng Hand”, wants to show solidarity with all the persons who fled and risked their lives.
Individuals, pastoral and religious communities are already committed since a long time to welcoming and supporting refugees and migrants of all origins.
The Archbishop of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Hollerich has addressed this subject on numerous occasions, particularly during the opening of the Octave at the end of April 2015, with the symbol of the boat at the foot of the altar, together with the following text
Here is the boat of the many desperate refugees who leave their country, war, famine, terror, crossing the Mediterranean to a place where they could live. For many of them this is the last trip before their drowning.
During the press conference of 18 June 2015 where the Church presented the Activity Report 2014 of the Archdiocese, the Vicar General Leo Wagener announced the launch of the project “Reech eng Hand” in autumn.
The various dimensions of “Reech eng Hand”
Awareness of pastoral and religious communities through a flyer, a sticker, posters and briefings in the pastoral regions in autumn 2015.
The “Reech eng Hand” project is an open and inclusive project with other assistance initiatives for refugees in Luxembourg.
Information and Contact
For more information, please use the contact number and email address created for the project.