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Theme for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2024

‘God walks with His people’

23 February 2024

“God walks with His people” is the theme of the 110th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will be celebrated on Sunday, 29 September. According to a press release from the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, “the Message for the occasion will address the itinerant dimension of the Church with a particular focus on our migrant brothers and sisters, a contemporary icon of the journeying Church. It is a path to be undertaken in a synodal way, overcoming all threats and obstacles, in order to reach our true homeland together. During this journey, wherever people find themselves, it is essential to recognize the presence of God who walks with His people, assuring them of His guidance and protection at every step. Yet it is equally essential to recognize the presence of the Lord, Emmanuel, God-with-us, in every migrant who knocks at the door of our hearts and offers an opportunity for encounter”.

The World Day of Migrants and Refugees is observed every year on the last Sunday of September. It is an occasion to encourage the faithful around the world to pray for people who have been forced to leave their homes because of conflict, persecution or economic hardship.