New Pope Video towards WDMR2020: “To be close in order to serve”

Jesus with African Migrants Migrants and Refugees

New Pope Video towards WDMR2020: “To be close in order to serve”

The Migrants and Refugees Section is continuing its communication campaign in preparation for the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) that will be celebrated on Sunday 27th September 2020.

With the title “Like Jesus Christ, forced to flee”, Pope Francis urges us this year to discover the reality of internally displaced people more deeply. Every month, a new video of Pope Francis and other multi-media materials delve into the sub-themes present in the Message of the Holy Father. The first sub-theme was To know in order to understand”.

Today,  we invite you to watch the second, newly released video, in which the Holy Father explores the sub-theme “To be close in order to serve”. It offers the real-life testimony of an internally displaced person who describes how the solidarity of generous people saved his life.

In the video, the Holy Father tells us that we must not let fears and prejudices lead us to keep distant from others. The video and the material available via the link below can be freely downloaded, published, used and shared:


In the coming months leading up to 27 September, the Migrants and Refugees Section will gladly receive written or multi-media testimonies and photographs from local Churches and other Catholic stakeholders that illustrate their shared commitment in the pastoral ministry to internally displaced people. The material can be sent to