Last Sunday, January 14th, the World Day of Migrants and Refugees was observed. In his Angelus address of that day, Pope Francis stressed that “Migrations are today a sign of the times.” He went onto say that “Every foreigner that knocks at our door is an occasion of encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies Himself with the stranger, received or rejected, of every time (Cf. Matthew25:35.43). [. . .] In this connection, I wish to reaffirm that our common response can be articulated around four verbs founded on principles of the Doctrine of the Church: RECEIVE, PROTECT, PROMOTE AND INTEGRATE.”
Entrusting the world’s migrants and refugees to the care of Mary, Most Holy, the Pope concluded by asking her intercession, that “responding to the supreme commandment of charity and love of neighbor, may we all learn to love the other, the stranger, as ourselves.”
Following the prayer, he announced that “for pastoral reasons,” the World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be moved from January 14, as established by Pope St. Pius X in 1914, to the second Sunday of September. Therefore, the next celebration of the day will take place Sept. 8, 2019, he said.