The Archdiocese of Vancouver is home to Catholics from many countries and where the Holy Mass is celebrated in over twenty-two languages. Migrants leave their homes in search of a better life and face the difficult experience of migration in its various forms. As an Archdiocese, for the past 6 years we have commemorated and observed the “World Day of Migrants and Refugees” by celebrating a Mass inviting as many cultures (both old migrants and recent arrivals) to share and pray on this day as an universal church.
The theme chosen by Pope Francis for the upcoming World Day of Migrants and Refugees is “Welcoming, protecting, promoting, and integrating migrants and refugees.” (To read His Holiness’ full message, click here) As Christians, “we have the unique opportunity to advocate and support the concrete actions [to welcome, protect, promote, and integrate our migrant and refugee neighbours],” and to share this message with all, especially our political and social leaders.
On January 21, 2018, the 104th World Day of Migrants and Refugees Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB at St. Patrick Parish in Vancouver. This is a family event! To participate in the preparation of this special day, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, during his weekly General Audience, Pope Francis also announced and launched the Caritas Internationalis “Share the Journey” campaign – a 2-year campaign of action- and awareness-raising to promote a culture of encounter and to encourage people to receive migrants and refugees with open hearts and minds.