World Refugee Day to be held virtually

Catholic Charities of Louisville will host its Annual World Refugee Day virtually this year.

The week-long virtual celebration — set for June 15 to 20 — will honor refugees and immigrants in Kentucky.

The goal is to “spread awareness and joy during this time while also educating our community about resettlement and the benefits of welcoming refugees into our city,” a news release from Catholic Charities said.

Catholic Charities will present a series of videos with “10 Top Louisville Leaders” who are “making a difference in Kentucky,” the release said. The videos will reflect how diversity and inclusion can impact a community, whether that is in the business world, politics, religion or sports.

The video series will include Mayor Greg Fischer; Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz; Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, president of the University of Louisville; and representatives from Louisville City FC.

The videos and other resources will be available at cclou.org and on the charity’s Facebook and Instagram platforms.

Catholic Charities typically celebrates World Refugee Day on or around June 20. Last year several hundred people gathered for the celebration and that offered a variety of food, performances and family activities.

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