Pope Francis mentioned the Church’s celebration of the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees during his Sunday Angelus address to pilgrims in Saint Peter’s Square.

He said “everyone is called to build a more inclusive world, which excludes no one.”

“All people must walk together, without prejudice and without fear, drawing near to the most vulnerable: migrants, refugees, displaced persons, victims of human trafficking, and the abandoned.”

Pope Francis ask all gathered to turn their attention to the “Angels Unawares” sculpture in the Square (picture above):

“I invite you to go over to the monument over there—where Cardinal Czerny is—the boat with the migrants, and to look closely at the expressions of those people and grasp in that look the hope that every migrant has, to start living again. Go over there and look at that monument. Let us not close the doors to their hope.”

Continuing on the idea of inclusion in his reflection on the day’s readings, Pope Francis warned of closing ourselves off with our own beliefs.

“Sometimes we too, instead of being humble and open communities, can give the impression of being the “top of the class” and keeping others at a distance; instead of trying to walk with everyone, we can display our “believer’s license”: “I’m a believer,” “I’m Catholic,” “I belong to this association, to that one,” and the others, poor things, do not. This is a sin.”

Before praying the Angelus, he said: “Let us pray to Mary Immaculate, that she may help us be welcoming towards others and vigilant over ourselves.”

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  1. Migrants – they are ambassadors of the Good News. They evangelize, humanize, and sensitize their hosts to aim high.


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