The Catholic Agency for Justice, Peace and Development

Refugees & Migrants

"...let us embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination, persecution, poverty and environmental degradation to leave their homelands."

- Pope Francis for the 51st World Day of Peace

Caritas supports and advocates for positive change for people and communities on the margins and peripheries such as refugees and migrants.

Pope Francis tells us:

Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age… This solidarity must be concretely expressed at every stage of the migratory experience – from departure through journey to arrival and return.

We are welcoming migrants and refugees in a number of ways: the global Share the Journey Campaign, Day of Prayer for Refugees and Migrants, the Community Organisations Sponsorship Pilot and the Rohingya Appeal.

We invite you to join us in encountering our neighbours to welcome, promote, protect and integrate.

Share the Journey

On 27th September 2017 Pope Francis launched Caritas' Share the Journey campaign from St Peter's Square in Rome. Calling us to create a ‘culture of encounter,’ his Holiness asks us to reach out with open arms to migrants and refugees around the world and in our communities.

In response to Pope Francis’ call to welcome, to protect, to promote and to integrate migrants and refugees, we are supporting the global Caritas campaign "Share the Journey."

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