Catholic Teaching on Migrants and Refugees

Sunday January 14, 2018 is the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 2241 The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.

Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.

Canadian Bishops Pastoral Letter (2015) “I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me”: Pastoral Letter on Welcoming Refugees

Pope Francis Messages- World Day of Migrants and Refugees  

Archdiocese of Vancouver World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Bishops of the United States: Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration and the Movement of Peoples and Immigration

CARITAS International’s Share the Journey Campaign   Share the Journey has at its heart the vision of a united global human family. Our focus is on our joint journey as people on the move in departure, transit and host communities. Our public awareness campaign promotes opportunities and spaces for migrants and communities to come together and share stories and experiences with the aim of strengthening the bonds between migrants and communities.

Contact Information for Canadian Catholic Organizations Sponsoring Refugees

Compilation of Catholic Social Teaching Passages on Migration: Notable Quotes


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