Catholics across the country are being urged to consider how they can pray for and offer practical support to neighbours around the world as the Church marks the World Day of Migrants and Refugees this month. Source: ACMRO.
In his message for the 107th commemoration of the day, Pope Francis writes on the theme “Towards an Ever Wider ‘We’”. He encourages people to reject the temptation to create literal or metaphorical barriers with other people, and to instead recognise the barriers that exist due to individualism or nationalism.
Each year, the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) publishes resources to support the celebration of the World Day for Migrants and Refugees.
The 2021 kit includes the full text of Pope Francis’ message, and a series of reflections and stories from Australian communities celebrating the diversity of the Church and prayer resources.
ACMRO national director Fr Khalid Marogi encouraged Catholics to reflect on and pray with Pope Francis’ message, which draws heavily on other papal writings and the Scriptures.
“The Church in Australia is greatly enriched by migrant communities, many of whom came to our shores as refugees across recent decades,” he said.
“The kit produced this year shares the stories of some of those migrants, including the Filipino Catholics who celebrated 500 years since the faith arrived on those shores.”
Resources released to support World Day of Refugees and Migrants (Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office)