An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines called on church people and the laity to help make society “more inclusive.”
Bishop Narciso Abellana of the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People said “God’s inclusive love” enjoins everyone to regard migrants and refugees as “co-builders and co-citizens.”
In his message for the 36th observance of National Migrants’ Sunday, the prelate said migrants and refugees should be seen as “contributors to the growth of their adoptive countries because of the work they do.”
“This inclusivity may push us to a world without limits — no more theirs and ours, them and us; no more strangers, but only brothers and sisters under one shepherd,” he said.
Also on Sunday, the Vatican marks the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.
Pope Francis has chosen the theme “Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees” for the celebration to highlight the contribution of migrants and refugees.
“As we celebrate [National Migrants’ Sunday,] the challenge for the Catholic Church in the Philippines is to make sure that we are all together in building the future and to see to it that nobody is left behind,” read a statement from the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.
The commission called on parishes to make Sunday’s celebration “a significant event for the Filipinos living and working abroad and their families left behind.”