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'I keep praying for you': Prince Charles message to refugees on church visit

by Marcus Jones

The Prince of Wales has met with refugees as part of a visit to St Luke's Church in Earls Court in London.

Prince Charles was there to find out more about Holy Trinity Brompton's Refugee Response Programme.

After meeting with those who've received practical support through the project, he made an address in which he said he would continue to pray for them.

He said: "If I may say so, I cannot even begin to imagine the dreadful conditions, the suffering, the agony you have all had to endure on your way to arrive here in this country. 

"I pray you have been welcomed and the fact that you have found some accommodation - I hope is something. 

"The fact that there are people here to help you learn English, to find your way through the inevitable difficulties that there are, is - I hope - something that will make a difference to your lives. 

"I know so many of you already have qualifications, training in your own countries, and we have enormous skill shortages in this country, where so much of what you can do could be of enormous benefit to it. 

"We are very lucky in many ways to have you and your skills and all you can bring."

Wrapping up his speech, he said: "Ladies and Gentlemen, it has been such a pleasure to meet you. I keep praying for you. There are so many people wanting to help you and, as I say, I hope you feel welcome."

Prince Charlies has in recent years been very vocal in support of religious freedom around the world, often speaking in solidarity with those who've had to flee discrimination.

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