Justice and Peace Issues

Sept. 25 World Day of Migrants & Refugees

WORLD DAY of MIGRANTS & REFUGEES
BACKGROUND:
The Church has celebrated the Day for Migrants and Refugees since 1914, a few months before the start of the 1st World War. In the beginning it was celebrated on different dates to accommodate local and Church needs. But for many years the celebration is unified in the Church, with one theme and on one date – held the last Sunday of September, which this year falls on the  25th. It is an occasion to express support and concern for people who are forced to flee their homelands because of persecution, war, conflict or natural disasters; to encourage Catholics worldwide to remember and pray for immigrants and increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers.

“Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees” is the theme chosen by the Holy Father for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Pope Francis highlights the commitment that we are all called to share in building a future that embraces God’s plan, leaving no one behind. He underscores that no one can be excluded from the work of construction that leads to God’s Kingdom. “God’s plan,” he says, “is essentially inclusive and gives priority to those living on the existential peripheries. Among them are many migrants and refugees, displaced persons, and victims of trafficking.”
Click here to download Pope Francis’ Message for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. 2022 Francis WrldDayMigrantsRefugees
Visit the website of the Vatican Office for Migrants and Refugees to learn more.
UNITED STATES
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have a Committee on Migration. Click on this link to learn about the Committee’s work.
Recently, Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville, auxiliary bishop of Washington and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, issued the following statement:
“There has never been a more critical moment to reflect on the issue of migration, as we witness, for the first time in history, over 100 million forcibly displaced persons in the world. This week provides a special opportunity for encounter, accompaniment, and prayer, as well as a chance for Catholics and others of good will to join in support of those who depend on our collective voice. I am especially mindful of Dreamers, our new Afghan neighbors, Ukrainians fleeing conflict in their homeland, those with temporary protections who have made a home in the United States, and undocumented agricultural workers, all of whom have an important role to play in building the future of our country—just as they have a role in building the Kingdom of God. May this week help us to experience a renewed sense of what it means to live as brothers and sisters, traveling together on the same journey.”
RESOURCES
Video: Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees: Growing Together as a Church
Today’s Global Sisters Report has an article by Sr. Eilis McCulloh, To Culivate Relationships, Tell Your Story.

 

 

 

 

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