Justice and Peace Issues

Sept. 29 World Day of Migrants and Refugees

The origin of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees can be traced to 1914. Touched by the millions of Italians who had migrated abroad since the beginning of the 20th century, Pope Pius X called on all Christians to pray for migrants. It is always an occasion to express concern for many different vulnerable people on the move; to pray for the challenges and increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers.
Pope Francis has chosen the theme “It is not just about migrants” to show up our blind-spots and make sure no one remains excluded from society, whether a long-time resident or someone newly arrived. From his message for the day, “Dear brothers and sisters, our response to the challenges posed by contemporary migration can be summed up in four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. Yet these verbs do not apply only to migrants and refugees. They describe the Church’s mission to all those living in the existential peripheries, who need to be welcomed, protected, promoted and integrated. If we put those four verbs into practice, we will help build the city of God.” 
Watch a reflective video on the human desire to live in freedom and dignity.

ACTION: You can show that you stand in solidarity with immigrants and take needed action by contacting your representatives about important changes to U.S. immigration policy. 
RESOURCES:
Pope Francis’ Message – World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2019 Message WDMR EN
Prayer Card:  WorldDay2019-PrayerCard
A Scriptural Rosary: Scriptural Rosary