99th World Day of Migrants and Refugees
Migrations: Pilgrimage of Faith & Hope
"The Catholic Church proclaims Gospel values which promote pastoral care. It is the duty of the Catholic community to shift the level of the discussion on migrants and refugees away from debate about perceived economic liabilities and national security to points which focus on the ethical dimension. The Church seeks to focus on the good of the person and one’s inalienable rights. The respect due to migrants and refugees carries a heavy responsibility to walk alongside migrants and refugees, providing effective means of hope and faith". Most Reverend Gerard Hanna, Delegate for Migrants and Refuges - Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life
Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office - http://www.acmro.catholic.org.au/
God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and Father to us all,
We, pilgrims of faith and hope, entrust our prayer to you. Look upon those who travel in search of a better future for themselves and their loved ones.
Look upon those who are forced to flee away from their home because of hatred and persecution.
Look upon your pilgrim people in whose hearts “faith and hope are inseparable”.
Hear the cry of the people who “lack essential goods, are victims of natural disasters, wars and social unrest”. Hear the cry of those whose journey has become an ordeal undertaken for the sake of survival.
Empower our Nation to be a land of welcome and love, a place where ‘faith and hope” find true meaning.
Mary, Mother of migrants, “star of the new evangelization” accompany us in our pilgrimage towards the encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reign forever and ever. Amen