By ZENIT Staff

Pope Francs today reminded the faithful gather in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus that it is World Day of Migrants and Refugees. In comments following the recitation of the prayer, he urged those present and people around the world to pray for displaced persons.

“Today the Church celebrates the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. I greet the refugees and migrants present in the Square around the monument entitled “Angels, unawares” (cf. Heb 13:2), which I blessed last year,” Pope Francis said. “This year I wished to dedicate my Message to the internally displaced, who are forced to flee, as also happened to Jesus and his family. “Like Jesus, forced to flee”, likewise the displaced, migrants. Our remembrance and our prayer to them, in a particular way, and to those who assist them.

“Today is also World Tourism Day. The pandemic has harshly struck this sector so important to so many countries. I offer my encouragement to those who work in tourism, particularly small family businesses and young people. I hope that everyone may soon pick themselves up again from the current difficulties.”

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