Papal Messages for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

The Church has celebrated the World Day of Migrants and Refugees each year since 1914. This is an occasion for the Church and people of faith to reflect upon the role migration has played in our tradition, express concern for migrants, refugees, and people on the move, and build awareness about the challenges and opportunities migration presents. Read our compilation of World Day of Migrants messages (also available in Spanish). Here you can also find Pope Francis’ 2016 message where he says all 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.”

The"Papal Messages of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees" compiled by CLINIC covers the rich history of statements issued by the Holy Father from 1995 to the present.

Download Papal Messages for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (pdf)


Lea nuestra compilación de mensajes sobre el Día Mundial de los Migrantes y Refugiados. Aquí usted también puede encontrar  el mensaje de Papa Francisco de 2016 donde el Santo Padre dice que todos los migrantes son “nuestros hermanos y hermanas que buscan una vida mejor lejos de la pobreza, del hambre, de la explotación y de la injusta distribución de los recursos del planeta, que deberían ser divididos ecuamente entre todos.”

Bajar Mensajes para las Jornadas Mundiales del Emigrante En Español (pdf)


All text is from the Vatican website.


Related CLINIC Resources

Compilation of Catholic Social Teaching Passages on Migration

Quotes from Pope Francis on Immigration

About CLINIC's Catholic Identity

Guiding Principles of CLINIC's Work



Cover of Papal Messages for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees