Migrant and Refugee Week, 19 - 25 August 2019
“Our response to the challenges posed by contemporary migration can be summed up in four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate,” states Pope Francis in his Message for the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, celebrated on Sunday 25 August 2019. This takes place during Migrant and Refugee Week
, marked by the Catholic Church in Australia from 19 - 25 August.
Pope Francis continues: “Yet these verbs do not apply only to migrants and refugees. They describe the Church’s mission to all those living in the existential peripheries, who need to be welcomed, protected, promoted and integrated. If we put those four verbs into practice, we will help build the city of God and man. We will promote the integral human development of all people. We will also help the world community to come closer to the goals of sustainable development that it has set for itself and that, lacking such an approach, will prove difficult to achieve.”
“In a word, it is not only the cause of migrants that is at stake; it is not just about them, but about all of us, and about the present and future of the human family. Migrants, especially those who are most vulnerable, help us to read the “signs of the times”. Through them, the Lord is calling us to conversion, to be set free from exclusivity, indifference and the throw-away culture. Through them, the Lord invites us to embrace fully our Christian life and to contribute, each according to his or her proper vocation, to the building up of a world that is more and more in accord with God’s plan.”
The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office
has released a comprehensive resource kit for Migrant and Refugee Week
, which includes the message from Pope Francis for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees; a message from Bishop Max L. Davis AM DD, Bishops’ delegate for migrants and refugees; a poster and linking story; A guide to understanding the Kit; Testimonials and stories; suggested Prayers of the Faithful; a homily reflection by Fr Frank Brennan SJ, and much more.