“Every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution, or terror.”1
That means, according to the UN, that on average 28,800 people become forcibly displaced persons every day.
That number is too staggering for me to really comprehend.
As you know, many of these people, our sisters, and brothers, are not met with open arms and compassion. Instead, thousands are left homeless, facing starvation, disease, and rampant discrimination.
Today, on World Refugee Day we wanted to share Pope Francis’ prayer for Migrants and Refugees and ask you to pray with us for the millions of refugees around the world seeking a home.
Father, you entrusted to Saint Joseph what you held most precious: the child Jesus and his Mother, in order to protect them from the dangers and threats of the wicked.
Grant that we may experience his protection and help. May he, who shared in the sufferings of those who flee from the hatred of the powerful, console and protect all our brothers and sisters driven by war, poverty and necessity to leave their homes and their lands to set out as refugees for safer places.
Help them, through the intercession of Saint Joseph, to find the strength to persevere, give them comfort in sorrows and courage amid their trials.
Grant to those who welcome them some of the tender love of this just and wise father, who loved Jesus as a true son and sustained Mary at every step of the way.
May he, who earned his bread by the work of his hands, watch over those who have seen everything in life taken away and obtain for them the dignity of a job and the serenity of a home.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, whom Saint Joseph saved by fleeing to Egypt, and trusting in the intercession of the Virgin Mary, whom he loved as a faithful husband in accordance with your will. Amen.
Pope Francis’ prayer for the 2020 World Day of Migrants and Refugees
1 United Nations World Refugee Day Webpage https://www.un.org/en/observances/refugee-day