Pray in solidarity with refugees, forced migrants and asylum seekers around the world
The 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) takes place on 27th September 2020. This year the Holy Father has chosen the theme “Forced like Jesus Christ to flee” as the title for his annual message, to focus on the pastoral care of internally displaced people.
Download the Pope’s Message for the 2020 WDMR
View the Vatican’s Migrant and Refugee section resources page for more content
Lent is a time of repentance and renewal for Christians. It is a time when we turn away from our sinfulness and recommit ourselves to following Jesus.
As we journey together through Lent, JRS is producing reflections for each of the Sundays in Lent. Each will include the Sunday Gospel reading, a section from the story of one of our refugee friends and some questions for reflection.
Praying the Stations of the Cross is a traditional way of praying during Lent. We pray this familiar prayer to be with Jesus Christ who walked this journey, carrying the cross, the instrument of his death, out of love and commitment to us.
We have developed these Stations of the Cross meditations to aid your prayer during Lent and Holy Week. You can use this resource as a Parish Group, as a family, or individually.
In 2019 the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican launched an Advent Calendar to aid us in our Advent journey. The calendar continued the theme ‘It’s not just about migrants’, chosen by Pope Francis for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2019. We walked together towards Holy Christmas, dedicating the season of Advent to “the least of our brothers and sisters”.
Every day, in the JRS offices, we opened a box on our calendar that contains a thought from Pope Francis, a reflection, a prayer intention and much more.
It was a good opportunity to pray together with and for all those who cry out to the Lord, asking to be freed from the evils that plague them. It’s a journey that reminds us that Jesus, together with Mary and Joseph, experienced marginalization, persecution and exile from an early age.