Categories: General
      Date: Jan 12, 2018
     Title: The World Day of Migrants and Refugees

The Church celebrates the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sunday, January 14, 2018. 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 “Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees.”  In this message, he says:

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.[1] 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.

In this regard, I wish to reaffirm that “our shared response may be articulated by four verbs: to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate”.[2]

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) 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”.