Categories: General
      Date: Jan 12, 2017
     Title: The World Day of Migrants and Refugees

The Church celebrates the 103rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sunday, January 15, 2017. 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 “Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless”.  In this message, he says:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me” (Mk 9:37; cf. Mt 18:5; Lk 9:48; Jn 13:20). With these words, the Evangelists remind the Christian community of Jesus’ teaching, which both inspires and challenges. …

But the Evangelists reflect also on the responsibility of the one who works against mercy: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin: it is better for him to have a great millstone fastened round his neck and be drowned in the depth of the sea” (Mt 18:6; cf. Mk 9:42; Lk 17:2). …

For this reason, on the occasion of the annual World Day of Migrants and Refugees, I feel compelled to draw attention to the reality of child migrants, especially the ones who are alone….

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 in October 2015 by the Episcopal Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB). 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”.