106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees

by Valerio Landri

Little is said about “internally displaced persons” and rarely we think to them when we talk about the migration issue. It is precisely to internally displaced people that Pope Francis’s attention is directed on the occasion of his Message for the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees which will be celebrated on 27th of September 2020.

The Holy Father recalls that «knowledge is a necessary step towards understanding our neighbour», inviting us to go beyond the numerical datum and enter the history of millions of men and women in migration.

Only the knowledge of our neighbour and his recognition as a living being allows the overcoming of fears and prejudices in order to “come closer” and serve him.

Listening allows the arising of processes of reconciliation with our fears and with the wounds opened by the injustices of life, sharing of life and growing together, without leaving anyone out; making everyone protagonist of his own redemption in the fantasy of charity.

Today, when the theme of welcoming migrants arouses social tensions even within the ecclesial community, Pope Francis’ message sounds like an invitation to balance and dialogue, as well as a call to common commitment for the construction of the Kingdom of God.