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Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace

“Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace.” This is the theme of Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Peace, 2018 which will be celebrated, as it is every year, on January 1st.


In the text published on November 24, 2017, the Pope “once again mention(s) the over 250 million migrants worldwide, of whom 22.5 million are refugees.”

In his message the Holy Father recalls,

it is not enough to open our hearts to the suffering of others. Much more remains to be done before our brothers and sisters can once again live peacefully in a safe home. Welcoming others requires concrete commitment, a network of assistance and goodwill, vigilant and sympathetic attention, the responsible management of new and complex situations that at times compound numerous existing problems, to say nothing of resources, which are always limited.

The Pope also addresses governments.

"By practising the virtue of prudence, government leaders should take practical measures to welcome, promote, protect, integrate and, “within the limits allowed by a correct understanding of the common good, to permit [them] to become part of a new society.”

It is the Pope’s ’heartfelt hope’ that,

“this spirit will guide the process that in the course of 2018 will lead the United Nations to draft and approve two Global Compacts, one for safe, orderly and regular migration and the other for refugees.”

Full Text: MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE 51st WORLD DAY OF PEACE

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