Three men, a rudder, and our Christmas – Vatican News

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It is less than a month before Christmas, but news of the three men who spent 11 days on the rudder of an oil tanker that left Nigeria and landed in the Canary Islands seems to have little to do with the season.Yet the emblematic story of three migrants huddled in a recess in the ship’s stern, in contact with the water, who miraculously survived the cold, water, sun, and dehydration, is striking. For we can’t help but think of the fate of the family of Nazareth, an icon for every refugee, migrant, or displaced person. The Christian God-made-Man, together with Mary and Joseph, was a migrant and refugee in Egypt. That family was forced to flee to Egypt to escape the scimitars of Herod’s scoundrels, who were prepared to kill Jesus. That family experienced exile, precariousness, the risks of travel, being far from home.

Three men, a rudder, and our Christmas – Vatican News

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