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The Vatican announced Sunday the theme for its 2019 World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will encourage greater openness to those who live in the “existential peripheries” of the world.
Bearing the title “It Is Not Just about Migrants,” the World Day of Migrants and Refugees will be celebrated on Sunday, September 29, 2019.
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The Vatican is currently in the midst of a two-year campaign to promote a more welcoming attitude toward migration throughout the world. The campaign will end with next fall’s world day for migrants.
In September, 2017, Pope Francis inaugurated the project, titled “Share the Journey,” a pro-immigration crusade entrusted to the global Catholic charity network Caritas Internationalis.
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According to Caritas, the project was launched as a response to Pope Francis’s frequent summons for a “culture of encounter” regarding migrants.
Our world “faces not a migration crisis, but a crisis of global solidarity,” Caritas said on its website. “Be part of a worldwide campaign to reach out to migrants, change perceptions, open hearts and minds, and strengthen the bonds that unite us all.”
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The declared objective of the project is to shed light on both the challenges and effects of migration at every stage of the journey to provoke a “shift in thinking” on the issue, while dispelling a number of common “myths about migration,” such as the belief that there are more migrants than ever before, that migrants live off welfare benefits and steal jobs from citizens, that closing borders stems migrant flows, and that “people from poor countries migrate to rich ones.”
According to the Vatican, Pope Francis “wants to highlight that his frequent appeals for migrants, refugees, displaced and trafficked people should be understood as integral to his deep concern for all the...
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