The Christian response to the challenges posed by migration also applies to all people who are excluded and need to be “welcomed, protected, promoted and integrated,” Pope Francis said in his message for the 2019 World Day for Migrants and Refugees.
Donor fatigue has set in here in Mexico’s poorest state, where priests say people initially responded to images of impoverished migrants fleeing their countries, but became jaded as the caravans keep coming.
Cardinal Krajewski visited the camps May 8-9 to assure both refugees and residents that Pope Francis remembers them, to deliver financial donations to projects helping the refugees and to try to get something moving to help those currently in camps “live again, work and raise their families.”
Visiting the small Catholic communities in Bulgaria and North Macedonia offered an opportunity to encourage the faithful to remember God’s miracle of being able to feed a multitude with just a few loaves and fishes, Pope Francis said.
Christians and Muslims work together to assist migrants both at Caritas’ Migrant Reception Center, which the pope will visit, as well as in the neighborhoods and informal settlements where many migrants live.