The theme chosen by the Holy Father for the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees is “Forced like Jesus Christ to flee” focusing on the pastoral care of internally displaced people (IDPs) who currently number over 41 million worldwide. In his Message Pope Francis urges us this year to discover the reality of internally displaced people more deeply. He highlights the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the forced displacement of people and the difficulties they encounter when seeking protection.
The theme of his Message is developed in six sub-themes expressed by six pairs of verbs:
to know in order to understand
to draw near so as to serve
to listen in order to reconcile;
to share and thus to grow
This day is an opportunity to unite the world in addressing forced displacement and pray for the well-being of our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters as we continue to work to bring solidarity, compassion and love throughout our human encounters.