The World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on the last Sunday of September, 29th September 2019. The theme for this year is ‘It’s not just about migrants’. Pope Francis has chosen this theme to stimulate our prayer and action by reflecting on the ways in which migrants, refugees, internally displaced persons and victims of human trafficking are part of a wider concern for all marginalized people.
Pope Francis commented, ‘The presence of migrants and refugees, and of vulnerable people in general, is an invitation to recover some of those essential dimensions of our Christian existence and our humanity that risk being overlooked in a prosperous society. That is why it is not just about migrants. When we show concern for them, we also show concern for ourselves, for everyone; in taking care of them, we all grow; in listening to them, we also give voice to a part of ourselves that we may keep hidden because it is not well regarded nowadays.’
Reflections, information materials and multimedia aids are available at https://migrants-refugees.va/ and include the Pope’s Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Gospel quotations, relevant documents, a downloadable toolkit, videos in five languages and many other resources.
‘Through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Our Lady of the Way,’ we join Pope Francis in invoking, ‘God’s abundant blessing on all the world’s migrants and refugees and upon all those who accompany them on their journey.’