In response to an invitation from the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), the Catholic Refugee Sponsors' Council has prepared homily suggestions and prayers of the faithful to help dioceses, eparchies and parishes celebrate the 102nd World Day of Migrants and Refugees, January 17, 2016. The CCCB General Secretariat has also added possible additional resources to assist pastors, pastoral workers and parish volunteers, including the recent Pastoral Letter of the Commission for Justice and Peace on welcoming refugees entitled "I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me".
The theme of Pope Francis' 2016 Message is "Migrants and refugees challenge us: The response of the Gospel of mercy". In his Message, the Holy Father reminds us that "migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger, exploitation and the unjust distribution of the planet's resources which are meant to be equitably shared by all. Don't we all want a better, more decent and prosperous life to share with our loved ones?"