Pope Francis during his Angelus Prayer at the Vatican, Vatican City, 27 September 2020 | Photo: ANSA/VATICAN MEDIA
Pope Francis during his Angelus Prayer at the Vatican, Vatican City, 27 September 2020 | Photo: ANSA/VATICAN MEDIA

As part of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis asked for believers to pray for the millions of internally displaced who, just like Jesus and his parents in their flight to Egypt, experience "fear, uncertainty and unease."

On September 27, the Church celebrated the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The holiday was spoken of by the Pope during Sunday prayers, when he welcomed representatives of immigrants and associations that help those arriving in Italy on a daily basis.

He called for prayer for migrants and IDPS, noting that during "the flight into Egypt, the child Jesus experienced with his parents the tragic fate of the displaced and refugees, 'which is marked by fear, uncertainty and unease '(cf.Mt 2:13-15, 19-23)" and that "in the faces of the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the sick, strangers and prisoners, we are called to see the face of Christ who pleads with us to help (cf.Mt 25:31-46)."

Attention to the displaced

The World Day of Migrants and Refugees is a holiday that is dear to the Pope, who has long wanted a monument to be built dedicated to those forced to flee their homes. This year the focus of his attention was on IDPs, those forced to move within their own countries due to war or other reasons. This is a category of ''invisibles'', noted Migrantes, a foundation of the Italian Episcopal Church (CEI) that deals with welcoming migrants and their integration.

Call for solidarity

''This is a category of people who, despite their number -- there are an estimated 50 million today --are often invisible. These are people who despite the fact that they -- like refugees and asylum seekers -- are forced to flee, face danger and preciousness, do not enjoy a legal status. Their protection is entrusted to the state to which they belong but which is sometimes the very cause of their suffering,'' said Migrantes director Gianni De Robertis, saying that he hoped states would show solidarity towards their own citizens.

 

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