The World Day of Migrants and Refugees

The Church celebrates the 102nd World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sunday, January 17, 2016. This day is an annual commemoration of the Church that raises awareness of the migration phenomenon. The theme of Pope Francis’ message for this year’s World Day is “Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us:  The Response of the Gospel of Mercy.  In this message, he says:

Migration movements are now a structural reality, and our primary issue must be to deal with the present emergency phase by providing programmes which address the causes of migration and the changes it entails, including its effect on the makeup of societies and peoples. The tragic stories of millions of men and women daily confront the international community as a result of the outbreak of unacceptable humanitarian crises in different parts of the world. Indifference and silence lead to complicity whenever we stand by as people are dying of suffocation, starvation, violence and shipwreck. Whether large or small in scale, these are always tragedies, even when a single human life is lost.

Click here to read Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees in its entirety.

I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me," is a Pastoral Letter that was released last fall by the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) in October. This is a critical time for the staggering and unprecedented number of refugees and displaced persons now present in our world. This document seeks to make Canadian Catholics more aware of the current situation, while also challenging them to make a difference in the lives of refugees through prayer, support, and the sponsorship of families.

Click here to read “I Was A Stranger and You Welcomed Me”.