Vatican Office Releases Advent Calendar to Highlight Pope’s Message on Migrants and Refugees

Geneva, 30 November 2019 - The Vatican’s Migrants and Refugees Section has released an Advent Calendar to reflect on the marginalization, persecution, and exile that many people face in the world today. 

“As we continue to witness the theme ‘It’s not just about migrants,’ chosen by Pope Francis for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2019, we would like to walk together towards Holy Christmas, dedicating the season of Advent to ‘the least of our brothers and sisters’,” reads the announcement by the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. 

The World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2019 took place on 29 September. “It is not only the cause of migrants that is at stake; it is not just about them, but about all of us and about the present and future of the human family,” said Pope Francis in his message for the day.   

Every day of the Advent Calendar contains a thought from Pope Francis, a reflection, a prayer intention that can be used at home, in a parish hall, oratory, or community. “It’s a journey that reminds us that Jesus, together with Mary and Joseph, experienced marginalization, persecution, and exile from an early age,” says the Migrants and Refugees Section. 

The calendar can be downloaded and printed, and it is accompanied by instructions on how to use it and post its images on social media day by day.