CBCP-ECMI message for the 35th National Migrants Sunday
The official poster of the 35th National Migrants’ Sunday.
September 26, 2021
35th National Migrants’ Sunday
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings of Peace and Solidarity!
The life of a migrant is not easy, and more difficult is that of the refugee. Biases and discrimination still exist, even among us who claim that we are Christian and we belong to the Catholic (“universal”) Church. Somebody who is different (in color, race, creed, orientation and preference) has difficulty inserting into a community, much less find acceptance immediately. He is regarded with suspicion.
With this year’s theme, “Towards an Ever Wider ‘We’”, we are reminded to be inclusive, not only in the use of language but, more importantly, in our human relationships because, as Pope Francis tells us, we re “Fratelli tutti” — we are all brothers. “Towards an Ever Wider ‘We’” exhorts us to tear down the wall betwee the “we/us” and the “they/them”. Many times, we are afraid of diversity; however, diversity can enrich us. Thus, diversity should even be welcome.
I wish us all a happy and meaningful celebration of the 35th National Migrants’ Sunday. Thank you. God bless. Sincerely,
In the Heart of Jesus,
+Narciso V. Abellana, MSC, DD
Bishop of Romblon
Charman, CBCP Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
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