Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

Representing Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, and Maryknoll Lay Missioners
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World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2020

Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 16:00

On Sunday, September 27, the Church celebrates the 106th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WMRD). This year, Pope Francis has announced that the focus will be on Internally Displaced Persons, or IDPs, and the title of his offical theme for WMRD is "Like Jesus Christ, forced to flee" 

Today is a day of prayer and reflection on the suffering faced by migrants and refugees around the world and the Church's call to be a beacon of hope and welcome for displaced communities. Here you can find some resources for honoring this day with your community. 


Read about the theme for WMRD, "Like Jesus Christ, forced to flee"

Read the document on IDPs compiled by the Migrants and Refugees Section at the Vatican: "Pastoral Orientation on Internally Displaced People"

Read a homily by Fr. Joe Healey, MM, in conjunction with refugees and IDPs from South Sudan, in honor of WMRD

Learn about IDP's through this backgrounder from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.