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ACMRO News September 2021

International Catholic Migrant Commission

Angelus from St. Peter’s Square

Pope Francis led the Angelus prayer on 26 September 2021 at St. Peter’s Square and appealed to the world “not to close doors to hope”.

Pope Francis said “it is necessary to walk together, without prejudice and without fear, placing ourselves next to those who are most vulnerable: migrants, refugees, displaced persons, victims of trafficking, and the abandoned. We are called to build an ever more inclusive world that excludes no one”.

Pope Francis invited those who were present to spend some time at the sculpture called Angels Unaware “to look into the gaze of those people and to see in that gaze the hope that every migrant has today to start living again.”

Watch the video here.

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Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide

The 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees was celebrated with a special Multicultural Mass in St Francis Xavier Cathedral, on Sunday 26 September.

The Mass was live-streamed so that others who are affected by COVID-19 restrictions can also attend the special event. Archbishop Patrick Michael O'Regan was the main celebrant of the Mass, assisted by Priests and Deacons of the Archdiocese.

Archbishop Patrick’s homily focused on the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2021, Towards An Ever Wider “We”.

People from different nationalities attended the Mass and participated in the readings.

Watch the video here.

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Archdiocese of Brisbane

Hundreds of people gathered at St Stephen’s Cathedral to celebrate the annual Multicultural Mass.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge celebrated the Mass with many cultural community chaplains concelebrating.

There were 25 multicultural communities represented at the Mass: Latin, American, Italian, Croatian, Indonesian, Maltese, Korean, Fijian, Syriac Catholic, Melkites, Chinese, St Bakhita South Sudanese Community, Brazilian, Portuguese, African, Burundi, Tongan, Samoan, Vietnamese, Timorese, Assyrian, Christian Orthodox, Samoan, Albanian and Polish communities.

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Catholic Diocese of Port Pirie

The Roxby Downs Catholic Community celebrated the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The Mass was attended by South Africans, South Sudanese, Sri Lankans, Filipinos and Australians.

Some wore traditional clothing of their country of origin to represent their culture and traditions. The food prepared by the Filipinos was enjoyed after the event.

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