Happy New Year! We welcome the New Year with prayers for peace. Perhaps a good resolution for 2018 would be a commitment to working for peace.
Pope Francis delivers his annual message for the World Day of Peace, January 1st. His theme for 2018 is “migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace”.
Francis reminds us: “the wisdom of faith fosters a contemplative gaze that recognizes that all of us belong to one family” and that “when we turn that gaze to migrants and refugees, we discover that they do not arrive empty-handed. They bring courage, skills, energy and aspirations, as well as the treasures of their own cultures; and in this way, they enrich the lives of the nations that receive them.”
The Pope gives four mileposts for action: (1) expanding legal pathways for entry, (2) protection from exploitation, (3) support for integral human development, and (4) allowing full participation. The Holy Father concludes with a remembrance of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini as the patron of migrants and those who serve them and work for peace.