- Sep 30, 2020
The World Day for Migrants and Refugees Sept. 27 is a chance for Catholics “to unite the world” on behalf of displaced people and “pray for the well-being of our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters,” said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee.
Catholics from the across Southern California and beyond joined Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles Sept. 20 for Masses in English and Spanish to celebrate the annual Day in Recognition of All Immigrants.
As the world prepares to mark the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees on Sep. 27, the International Catholic Migration Commission has urged governments to make migration “voluntary, safe and regular.”
Catholics will mark the World Day of Migrants and Refugees during the ecumenical celebration of the Season of Creation, highlighting the obligation, as Pope Francis says, to listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor, said Canadian Cardinal Michael Czerny.
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.