Free to choose whether to migrate or to stay

The Church has been celebrating the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) since 1914. It is always an occasion to express concern for different vulnerable people on the move; to pray for them as they face many challenges; and to increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers.

Every year the WDMR is the last Sunday of September; in 2023 it will be celebrated on 24 September. As the title for his annual message, the Holy Father has chosen Free to choose whether to migrate or to stay.

Download the Pope’s Message for the 2023 WDMR in the language of your choice

pope francis greeting Migrants and Refugees

…a foreigner is one of our brothers to recognize and to help...

Pope Francis