World Day of Migrants and Refugees

The World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) is celebrated annually on the last Sunday of September and has been since 1914. 

The Pope’s theme for WDMR 2022 is ‘Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees’.

“God’s plan is essentially inclusive and gives priority to those living on the existential peripheries. Among them are many migrants and refugees, displaced persons, and victims of trafficking. The Kingdom of God is to be built with them, for without them it would not be the Kingdom that God wants.”

The Pope’s message can be found in full on the Vatican website.

In celebration of the day, Bishop McAleenan, the Lead Bishop for Migrants and Refugees at the CBCEW, speaks of the Church’s commitment to migrants and refugees and asks us to pray for those on the move, seeking a better life. 

“This day is an opportunity for Catholics throughout the world to remember and pray for those who are displaced through war, poverty and persecution, and also to raise awareness of the fact that migration offers opportunity to many people. It benefits many.”

The Bishop’s speech and prayer can be found on the Bishops’ website.