London, UK: His grace, Metropolitan Jerome OSJV of Europe was a keynote speaker and member of the “expert panel” at the House of Lords in a debate entitled “Refugees and Migrants – morals and dilemmas” hosted by Baron John, the Lord Laird of Artigarvan. The other keynote speakers were Councillor Christopher Precious, the Mayor of Dover and Jeremy Savill, retired Commander of the Metropolitan Police. Approximately seventy people attended the debate including MP’s, academics and Fellows of the Royal Society of Arts and members of the Foundation for International Collaboration, as well as members of the general public including some of the faithful from the Brighton mission. His grace visited Westminster Abbey and the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor prior to arriving at the Houses of Parliament and was honoured to share in the Shrine Prayers on the Confessor’s feast day in the Abbey.
Metropolitan Jerome spoke about the plight particularly of Syrian refugees, providing the debate with much background information concerning the religious and political dimensions to the Syrian crisis. His grace particularly criticised the UK Government’s lack of coordinated and comprehensive provision in response to the crisis and highlighted the considerable effort that will be required of charities and other institutions in making up the discrepancy in the Government’s provision. His grace mentioned that “Cherubs Kitchen” his own charitable apostolate in Brighton would be participating in the city’s “Sanctuary by the Sea” initiative and called on others to do similarly in the “City of Sanctuary” movement. Lord Laird thanked his grace’s contribution to the discussion at the end of the evening and gave an impromptu tour of the House for the Brighton contingent, whilst accompanying his grace to St Stephen’s Door.