Christ calls believers to welcome migrants and refugees “with arms wide open, ready to give a sincere, affectionate, enveloping embrace,” Pope Francis said, launching the ‘Share the Journey’ campaign of Catholic charities around the world.
Christians’ embrace of people fleeing war or poverty should be “a bit like the colonnade of St Peter’s Square, which represents the mother Church who embraces all in sharing a common journey,” the pope said at the end of his weekly general audience on 27th September.
With hundreds of refugees and migrants present in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis said the Catholic charities’ staff and volunteers who assist them are “a sign of a Church that seeks to be open, inclusive and welcoming.”
‘Share the Journey’ is a two-year campaign sponsored by Caritas Internationalis, the global network of national Catholic charities to promote encounters between people on the move and people living in the countries they are leaving, passing through or arriving in.
Picture: Pope Francis greets Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Philippines, and immigrants during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 27th September. Immigrants were in attendance as Caritas Internationalis launched its ‘Share the Journey’ campaign in support of immigrants. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).