World Day of Migrants and Refugees

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This Sunday 14 of January is the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. This January observance was instituted by Pope Saint Pius X in 1914.

The theme chosen by Pope Francis for this year is “Welcoming, protecting, promoting, and integrating migrants and refugees.”

“Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age”

In his message he states, “Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age (Matthew 25:35-43). The Lord entrusts to the Church’s motherly love every person forced to leave their homeland in search of a better future. This solidarity must be concretely expressed at every stage of the migratory experience – from departure through journey to arrival and return. This is a great responsibility, which the Church intends to share with all believers and men and women of good will, who are called to respond to the many challenges of contemporary migration with generosity, promptness, wisdom and foresight, each according to their own abilities.”

I am so grateful to Casa el Norte, Chez Marie and those parishes and individuals that are assisting refugees and migrant workers to find a welcoming home in our diocese.

Read: His Holiness Pope Francis: Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees at migrants-refugees.va