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Welcoming, protecting, promoting, and integrating internally displaced persons

The following is the message from Pope Francis for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees being marked this Sunday, September 27. It was issued May 13, 2020 on the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima.

At the beginning of this year, in my Address to the members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, I pointed to the tragedy of internally displaced people as one of the challenges of our contemporary world: “Situations of conflict and humanitarian emergencies, aggravated by climate change, are increasing the numbers of displaced persons and affecting people already living in a state of dire poverty. Many of the countries experiencing these situations lack adequate structures for meeting the needs of the displaced” (9 January 2020).

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