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Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants 2017

A Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants is set aside each year to fall as close as possible to World Refugee Day on 20 June. Caritas prepares resources for this day on behalf of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.

“Do not tire of courageously living the Gospel, which calls you to recognize and welcome the Lord Jesus among the smallest and most vulnerable.”

Pope Francis: Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 2017

In 2017, the Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants will fell on Sunday 18 June.

During the past year, we have witnessed the continuing crisis in Syria and the devastating impact of drought and civil war in South Sudan, which has led to the displacement of more than 1.5 million people.

In the midst of great challenge and devastation, Pope Francis in this year’s message for the World Day of Refugees and Migrants reminds us to consider child migrants - the most vulnerable and voiceless in these situations.

In response to the refugee crisis, we have seen a parallel swell of generosity and welcome from communities and parishes in New Zealand.

This Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants, we took the opportunity to share stories of welcome and encounter and held child migrants in our prayers.

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