For 106 years, the Catholic Church has marked Migrant and Refugee Sunday, this year, it is today, September 27.
It is a way to draw attention to the millions of migrants and refugees who are forcibly displaced and trafficked around the world.
Pope Francis says the tragedy of internally displaced people is one of the challenges facing our contemporary world: “Situations of conflict and humanitarian emergencies, aggravated by climate change, are increasing the numbers of displaced persons and affecting people already living in a state of dire poverty. Many of the countries experiencing these situations lack adequate structures for meeting the needs of the displaced” (January 9, 2020).
The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office have released the resource Like Jesus Christ, forced to flee: Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating internally displaced persons, which includes a message from Pope Francis for Migrant and Refugee Sunday.