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ACMRO News February 2022

International Catholic Migrant Commission

Theme for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees

On 24 February, the Vatican announced that “Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees” will be the theme for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will be celebrated on Sunday, 25 September 2022.

“'Building with' means recognising and promoting the role that migrants and refugees have to play in this work of construction, because only in this way will it be possible to build a world that ensures the conditions for the integral human development of all.”

The Message will feature six sub-themes, which will discuss how migrants and refugees are able to contribute in social, economic, cultural and spiritual growth of societies and ecclesial communities.

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International Catholic Migrant Commission

Bishops call for peace in Ukraine, generous Australian response

Archbishop Mark Coleridge has expressed indignation at what is happening in Ukraine and call for a rejection of war and return to reason, claiming that “the peace of the world is at stake”.

“We express our deep compassion for the people of Ukraine and our solidarity with all people of Ukrainian heritage here in Australia,” Archbishop Coleridge said.

“It’s not enough to condemn the bloodshed, breathe threats and take half-measures. The entire international community – including Australia – needs to do all in its power to stop the violence."

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International Catholic Migrant Commission

New Bulletin by Vatican COVID-19 Commission and M&R Section

The Vatican COVID-19 Commission launched the Work for All project in November 2021. The first Bulletin was published on 10 February, which discusses the main challenges that vulnerable migrants and refugees must face when approaching the world of work.

The Bulletin also analyses the effects of the pandemic on migrants and refugees and offer good practices intended to facilitate migrants' and refugees’ access to employment and protection for those who enter the labour market.


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