The theme of Pope Francis’ message is
Towards an Ever Wider “We”
Catholics across the country were and continue to be urged to consider how they can pray for and offer practical support to neighbours around the world as the Church marked the World Day of Migrants and Refugees on September 26.
In his message for the 107th commemoration of the day, Pope Francis writes on the theme “Towards an Ever Wider ‘We’”. He encourages people to reject the temptation to create literal or metaphorical barriers with other people, and to instead recognise the barriers that exist due to individualism or nationalism. “The truth however is that we are all in the same boat and called to work together so that there will be no more walls that separate us, no longer others, but only a single ‘we’, encompassing all of humanity,” Pope Francis writes.
The Australian Catholic Migrant & Refugee Office provide a resource booklet and poster.
Recognising the Year of St Joseph, the Sisters of St Joseph are leading a coalition in initiating the 150 days of action across Australia campaign, which aims to engage people of good will to advocate for change to our country’s attitude and policies towards those seeking protection in Australia. The campaign was launched on 1 May 2021, the Feast of St Joseph the Worker and will conclude with a Day of Lamentation and Call on Sunday 26 September 2021, the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. There are a number of free resources available.