- Feb 17, 2020
A group of U.S. Catholic bishops, along with a Vatican representative and other priests, celebrated Mass Sept. 26 next to a field of chili peppers with farmworkers and their families and other immigrants.
The excluded, especially migrants and refugees, are the ones who ultimately pay the price for humanity’s greed, Pope Francis said in a new video message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
At the request of various bishops’ conferences, Pope Francis has changed the date of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees to the last Sunday of September.
The Church in Chile’s capital celebrated the National Day of the Migrant September 2 with a Mass of Thanksgiving and a charitable collection for the more than one million displaced people who currently live in the country.
In a Mass on Sunday for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis said fear of new arrivals is not a sin, but allowing fear “to feed hostility and rejection” is.
While he was in Russia this week, the Vatican’s top diplomat said the Holy See is not identified with any “particular political position” — ironically, one day after Pope Francis took a position on citizenship by birth with clear political relevance in Italy right now. In truth, when Vatican officials say they’re not “political,” what they really mean is that they’re not “partisan.”