Sunday 25 August is the 99th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. A special message from His Holiness Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI  “Every migrant is a human person who, as such, possess fundamental inalienable rights that must be respected by everyone and in every circumstance.” Pope Benedict goes on to explain that the role of the Church includes developing programs and centres of welcome to help the full integration of migrants and refugees into a new social and cultural context and that “migrants trust that they will encounter acceptance, solidarity and help, that they will meet people who sympathize with the distress and tragedy experienced by others.. And are open to sharing.” Please keep migrants and refugees in your prayers.

Look upon those who travel in search of a better future for themselves and their loved ones Look upon those who are forced to flee away from their home because of hatred and persecution Look upon your pilgrim people in whose hearts faith and hope are inseparable
Hear the cry of the people who lack essential goods, are victims of natural disaster, wars and social unrest Hear the cry of those whose journey has become an ordeal when undertaken for the sake of survival May they be treated with dignity and find peace in their new found home
We ask this through Christ Our Lord

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