World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2023

Wednesday, September 6, 2023

“Free to choose whether to migrate or to stay” is the theme chosen by the Holy Father for the 109th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR), which this year is commemorated on 24 September 2023. In his message, Pope Francis proposes a renewed reflection on a right that has not yet been codified at the international level: the right not to have to migrate or, in other words, the right to be able to remain in one’s own land.

“Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has a special place in his heart for the most vulnerable, especially migrants and refugees, declared Bishop Gerard Bergie, Bishop of St. Catharines and member of the WDMR council”. In his message for the 109th World Day for Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis notes that, just as the Holy Family had to flee their homeland and become refugees, millions of people must still do the same today. He states that our response to this reality should be rooted in love and compassion, ensuring that their decision to flee is rooted in freedom rather than coercion. This day challenges us to walk in solidarity with the vulnerable, especially refugees and migrants.

Here’s the Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 109th World Migrant and Refugee Day.

Please visit the World Day of Migrants and Refugees’ website to access resources, including posters and videos, provided by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

The Catholic faithful are invited to contact their respective Diocese or Eparchy to learn more about local events to mark the World Day or Migrants and Refugees.