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World Day of Migrants and Refugees

The World Day of Migrants and Refugees was instituted by Pope Pius X in 1914 and is celebrated each year with a message from our Holy Father on a particular theme.

Messages by Pope Francis:

2017 - Child Migrants, the Vulnerable and the Voiceless
in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, & Spanish

2016 - Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy
in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, & Spanish

2015: Church without frontiers, Mother to all
in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese,Spanish

2014 - Migrants and Refugees: Towards a Better World
in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese,Spanish

Messages by Papa Benedict XVI:

2013 - Migrations: pilgrimage of faith and hope
in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese,Spanish

2012 - Migration and the New Evangelization
in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese,Spanish

2011 - One human family
in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese,Spanish

2010 - Minor migrants and refugees
in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese,Spanish

2009 - St Paul migrant, 'Apostle of the peoples'
in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese,Spanish

2008 - Young migrants
in English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese,Spanish

2007 - The Migrant Family
in English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese,Spanish

2006 - Migrations: a sign of the times
in Chinese, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese,Spanish