A Stranger and You Welcomed Me: A Call to Mercy and Solidarity with Migrants and Refugees

A Stranger and You Welcomed Me: A Call to Mercy and Solidarity with Migrants and Refugees

by Pope Francis

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The plight of migrants and refugees has been a constant and urgent priority for Pope Francis. On his first trip outside of Rome to the Island of Lampedusa, a waystation for refugees in the Mediterranean, he spoke of the many who have drowned: “We are a society which has forgotten how to weep, how to experience compassion . . . the globalization of indifference has taken from us the ability to weep!” In this collection of his writings and sermons, Pope Francis frequently reminds us that Jesus and his parents were refugees in Egypt. He calls on everyone to understand the root causes of the mass movement of people, and to act with compassion and solidarity in response to their sufferings, remembering Jesus’s words: “What you have done to the least of my brothers, you have done to me.”

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ISBN-13: 9781608337699
Publisher: Orbis
Publication date: 09/20/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 648,976
File size: 549 KB

Table of Contents

Foreword Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R. xiii

Introduction Robert Ellsberg xvii

Part I Addresses, Homilies, and Prayers

"Where Is Your Brother?" 3

Homily on the Island of Lampedusa, July 8, 2013

No One Is a Stranger 8

Address to Participants in the Plenary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, May 24, 2013

Serving, Accompanying, Defending 12

Visit to the Jesuit Refugee Service in Rome, September 10, 2013

The Flight into Egypt 17

Angelus, Saint Peter's Square Feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth, December 29, 2013

"Come to Me" 19

Angelus, St. Peter's Square, July 6, 2014

The Church Is with You 21

Greeting to Young Refugees Assisted by the Salesians, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Istanbul, November 30, 2014

A United Response 23

From an Address to the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France, November 25, 2014

With Jesus at the Center 24

Address to the Federation of Christian Organizations for International Volunteer Service, December 4, 2014

A Throwaway Culture 26

Address to Members of the Diplomatic Corps Accredited to the Holy See, January 12, 2015

Prayers for Migrants 29

A Land of Dreams 32

Remarks from the Pope's Visit to the United States, September 2015

A Tragic Exodus 35

Address to Members of the Jesuit Refugee Service, November 14, 2015

Humanity on the Move 38

Address to Members of the Diplomatic Corps Accredited to the Holy See, January 11, 2016

Crossing Borders 45

Homily in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, February 17, 2016

Do Not Lose Hope! 48

Mòria Refugee Camp, Lesbos, Greece, April 16, 2016

Solidarity and Mercy 50

Address to Members of the European Confederation and of the World Union of Jesuit Alumni and Alumnae, September 17, 2016

"A Stranger and You Welcomed Me" 53

General Audience, St. Peter's Square, October 26, 2016

Migrants Are Persons 57

Address to Members of the Diplomatic Corps Accredited to the Holy See, January 9, 2017

Justice, Civility, and Solidarity 60

Address to Participants in the International Forum on "Migration and Peace," February 21, 2017

A Pilgrim People 68

Address to the National Directors of Pastoral Care for Migrants of the Catholic Bishops' Conferences of Europe, September 22, 2017

Loving the Other, the Stranger, as Ourselves 72

Homily for World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Vatican Basilica, January 14, 2018

A Merciful Gaze 75

Meeting with the Sant'Egidio Community on the Fiftieth Anniversary of Its Foundation, March 11, 2018

Ideologies Striking at the Heart of the Gospel 79

From the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudate et Exsultate (Nos. 100-103), March 19, 2018

Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in Search of Peace 82

Message for the Celebration of the Fifty-first World Day of Peace, January 1, 2018

Part II Messages for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Message for 2014 93

Migrants and Refugees: Toward a Better World

Message for 2015 100

Church without Frontiers, Mother to All

Message for 2016 105

Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us: The Response of the Gospel of Mercy

Message for 2017 111

Child Migrants, the Vulnerable, and the Voiceless

Message for 2018 118

Welcoming, Protecting, Promoting, and Integrating Migrants and Refugees

Final Words 126

From a Message for the Second Holy See-Mexico Conference on International Migration June 14, 2018

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