Pope Francis' message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees: “A Church without frontiers, mother to all”

Vatican City (Tuesday, 10/28/2014, Gaudium Press) Pope Francis send a Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees that will be celebrated next January 18, 2015, titled “A Church without frontiers, mother to all”.

At the beginning of the Message, the Pope recalls that “Jesus is ‘the evangelizer par excellence and the Gospel in person'”, in tune with his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium. In addition, he expressed that Jesus “solicitude, particularly for the most vulnerable and marginalized, invites all of us to care for the frailest and to recognize his suffering countenance, especially in the victims of new forms of poverty and slavery”.

The pope reminded the passage in the Gospel where it says ” I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me”.(Mt 25, 35-36).

He remembered that “The mission of the Church, herself a pilgrim in the world and the Mother of all, is thus to love Jesus Christ, to adore and love him, particularly in the poorest and most abandoned; among these are certainly migrants and refugees, who are trying to escape difficult living conditions and dangers of every kind. For this reason, the theme for this year’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees is: Church without frontiers, Mother to all”

Source Radio Vaticano

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