The Church’s Mission to Migrants

Mission of the Church to Migrants is a 2008 statement celebrating migrants' cultural and spiritual patrimony and the ways in which they enrich Catholic parishes and dioceses.

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The Church’s mission to migrants is rooted first and foremost in God’s love for humanity and for ‘people on the move’. This principle underpins the work of the Office for Migration Policy (OMP).

Again and again the scripture writers in the Bible describe God’s presence with migrants. In Genesis (Gen 12:1-3), Abraham and Sarah are called to leave the land of Ur and go to the Promised Land of Canaan. At the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel, Mary and Joseph are uprooted three times from their community: first they travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the census, then they flee to Egypt because Herod wants to kill their newborn son, Jesus, and finally they return when the danger is past.

It is good to remember that strangers were the first to come to worship the child Jesus and that Mary and Joseph were actually refugees (Mt.2:7-16).

Bishops’ Document

Mission of the Church to migrants in England and Wales (pdf)
Mission of the Church to Migrants is a 2008 statement celebrating migrants’ cultural and spiritual patrimony and the ways in which they enrich Catholic parishes and dioceses.