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World Day of Migrants & Refugees

“It is not just migrants”. Walk with us towards #WDMR2019.

The material you find on this page is for you to download, use and share, to help overcome fear with hope!


Pastoral Orientations

In the struggle against human trafficking and slavery, we’ve developed a 40-page resource for all to use. This booklet offers information which can be implemented in local programs and groups collaborating at a distance. Together we are the difference.

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Pope Video

__“To Welcome, to Protect,
____to Promote, to Integrate.”

Our basic response to migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and the displaced.

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2018 Peace Message

Peace is possible. Pope Francis says it is not enough to open our hearts to the suffering of others. Much more remains to be done before our brothers and sisters can once again live peacefully in a safe home.

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World Day, Pope Francis: “Not just about migrants, it is about all those in existential peripheries”

Vatican City, 29 September 2019 - More than 40,000 people gathered together with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square to celebrate a Holy Mass for World Day of Migrants and...

It is not just about migrants. It is about the whole person and all people.

The World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR), on 29 September 2019, will soon be here. On this occasion, Pope Francis will celebrate a Holy Mass in Rome, in the Vatican, and asks...

It is not just about migrants. It is about putting the last and least in first place.

The World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR), 29 September 2019, is approaching, and the communication campaign of the Migrants and Refugees Section is ongoing. The theme “It is not...


20 Action Points

Pope Francis knows what asylum-seekers, migrants and refugees need. We should welcome and protect them, he says, we should promote and integrate them. To do all this, here are some resources you can use in your community or parish … plus some policies to advocate in your country and at the U.N. level.



Many adults and children are victims of human trafficking for labor and sexual exploitation, organ trafficking, begging and forced delinquency.

Migrants and refugees are among the groups most vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation, both during their journey and upon arrival in the destination countries.

Pope Francis urges us to do everything we can to combat the shameful crime of human trafficking.