This Sunday is the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) and Pope Francis has chosen the theme 'building the future with migrants and refugees'.

The Holy Father said: "There can be no tomorrow without this inclusion.

"We are all called to commit ourselves to building a future based on a new global system that better responds to God's plan, a world where everyone can live in peace and prosperity."

In his official message for WDMR he says: "No one must be excluded. God’s plan is essentially inclusive and gives priority to those living on the existential peripheries.

"Among them are many migrants and refugees, displaced persons, and victims of trafficking. The Kingdom of God is to be built with them, for without them it would not be the Kingdom that God wants."

Archdiocesan Working Group
The Archdiocese's Commission for Caritas, Justice and Peace has a Refugees, Migrants and Asylum Seekers sub-group. It is committed to:

• Finding ways to work with local parishes and other organisations to make life better for refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.

• To educate ourselves and others about the problems facing displaced people and to communicate accurate information which conveys a positive message about the gifts refugees and migrants can offer.

• To make links with other voluntary and public organisations with a parallel mission.

If you would be interested in joining the Commission’s working group, email

The Church has marked the the WDMR since 1914 .Read the message of Pope Francis for WDMR here. Find out more about the Commission for Caritas, Justice & Peace here.