Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees: Growing Together as a Church

Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees: Growing Together as a Church

In a new video, Pope Francis speaks of the diversity of faith expressions and devotions as an opportunity to grow in catholicity. 

In preparation for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR), which will be celebrated on the last Sunday of September, the Holy Father invites us to grow together as a Church, realising that many Catholic migrants and refugees revitalise the Christian communities that welcome them.

In the video, you’ll discover the witness of Saint Mary of the Lake and ​Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Chicago, which even celebrates multicultural diversity in the sacraments. People from different countries, welcomed into the community, share their diverse religious traditions and cultures. The parishioners of St. Mary of the Lake speak of how their faith has been enriched by the presence of migrants and refugees.

Pope Francis asks us: How can we make migrants and refugees more involved in our communities?



Click on the button below to access the webpage dedicated to our communications campaign, where you will find materials to use and a kit in different languages to celebrate WDMR in your own community, including ideas for Mass, prayers, activities for both young people and adults, and much more:


We are all invited to answer Pope Francis’ question! Send your reply by way of a short video or photo to, or follow us on social media and respond directly there.

The Migrants and Refugees Section looks forward to receiving your videos and photos from the 2022 WDMR celebrations in your community!