Pope Releases New Video Ahead of World Day of Migrants and Refugees

‘It is not just about migrants. It’s about not excluding anyone.’

The Holy Father “does not exclude anyone” in a just-released video made to prepare for the next World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WMRD), on Sunday, September 29, 2019.

The theme is “It is not just about migrants” which, this month, has the sub-theme “It’s about not excluding anyone”.

Each month, the communication campaign of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican will offer reflections, insights, and resources for the promotion of pastoral activities on the themes of WMRD, addressing the various sub-themes with different texts and images.

The Holy Father on May 27, released his message for WMRD. In memory of the 6th anniversary of his visit to Lampedusa, on Monday, July 8, Pope Francis, will celebrate a Mass for Migrants, at 11:00 a.m., in St Peter’s Basilica.

Following is the text of the video just released:

Today’s world is increasingly becoming more elitist and cruel towards the excluded.

Developing countries continue to be drained of their best natural and human resources for the benefit of a few privileged markets.

Wars only affect some regions of the world, yet weapons of war are produced and sold in other regions which then refuse to accept the refugees produced by these conflicts, are unwilling to take them in.

Those who pay the price are always the little ones, the poor, the most vulnerable, who are prevented from sitting at the table and are left with the “crumbs” of the banquet.

The Church which “goes forth” can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast whom we ourselves as a society are excluding.

Real development is fruitful and inclusive, oriented towards the future.