Focus for 2016
The focus for 2016’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees is Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us: The Response of the Gospel of Mercy.
- Message from Pope Francis
- St Frances Xavier Cabrini
- Message from Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen
- Mercy as Policy
- The Catholic Church in Syria and Iraq: Interview with Archbishop Nona
- Reflection: Psalms of Mercy
- Reflection: Readings
- Prayers of the Faithful
Complete Migrants and Refugee Prayer Kit
Message from Pope Francis
Read and reflect on the message from the Holy Father Pope Francis on the focus for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us: The Response of the Gospel of Mercy.
St Frances Xavier Cabrini
Read about the founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; Universal Patron Saint of Immigrants, S Frances Xavier Cabrini.
Message from Bishop Vincent Long
Read and reflect on the message from Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFMConv DD.
Mercy as Policy
Mercy as Policy
Reflections on the Year of Mercy and Migrant and Refugee Sunday
On 28 August 2016, the Catholic Church in Australia will celebrate Migrant and Refugee Sunday. Pope Francis, in keeping with the theme for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, brings to the forefront the connection between the issues that migrants and refugees face and the message from the Gospel of Mercy.
The Catholic Church in Syria and Iraq
The Catholic Church in Syria and Iraq – Interview with Archbishop Nona
In June 2014 the Diocese of Mosul was wiped out. ‘I left along with 120,000 Christians. We left the city and the surrounding region because we did not want to convert to Islam or to be under the control of ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria)’, the former Archbishop of Mosul, Amel Shamon Nona, told the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in advance of Migrant and Refugee Sunday to be celebrated on 28 August 2016.
Reflection: Psalms of Mercy
Reflection on the Psalms of Mercy for Migrant and Refugee Week.
Reflection on the Readings for Migrant and Refugee Sunday: 28 August 2016
Our readings for today, especially the first reading and the gospel, talk about humility and its importance.