WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS, REFUGEES

THE Roman Catholic Church celebrates World Day of Migrants and Refugees on January 13 every year. The annual celebration was instituted by Pope Pius X in 1914. Migration has become "a striking phenomenon because of the sheer numbers of people in the social, economic, political, cultural and religious spheres it raises, and the dramatic challenges it poses to nations and the international community," Pope Benedict said in his message. Every migrant should be seen as "a human person who...possesses fundamental, inalienable rights that must be respected by everyone and in every circumstance," he added.

To choose to be away from the comfort and security of one's family in order to take on a job elsewhere in the globe driven by the desire to provide a better life and future for one's family takes a lot of faith and hope on the part of the migrant. It is for this reason that the Holy Father has chosen the theme "Migrations: Pilgrimage of Faith and Hope" for this year's celebration of World Day of Migrants and Refugees, seeing faith and hope as "inseparable in the hearts of many migrants." Sustained by their trust in God in whose care they entrust their spouse and children, many migrants are able to endure being separated from their families for months and even years by the hope of being able to secure a better future for their loved ones.

The Church, through the generous help of individuals, volunteer groups, and other concerned organizations, creates programs to address migrants' needs, as it highlights the potential benefits this phenomenon offers to the migrants' family, his country, and the host country. Pope Benedict XVI noted how migrants and refugees experience both welcoming relationships as well as difficulties and how they are able to enrich their host countries with their professional skills, their social and cultural heritage, and their witness of faith.

Today, we honor our Overseas Filipino Workers, who have made and continue to make sacrifices for their families here in the Philippines. May they be steadfast in their faith in God that will give them strength to cope with the emotional, psychological strain, and physical difficulties of being away from their families.

We greet the Vatican, led by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI and Secretary of State Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone, on the occasion of World Day of Migrants and Refugees. We wish them all the best and success in all their endeavors. MABUHAY!

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Billionaire finds wreck of WWII ship in Phl
    Billionaire finds wreck of WWII ship in Phl

    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he has found the Japanese Navy’s biggest warship at the bottom of the sea in the Philippines, 70 years after US forces sank it. Allen posted a photo on Twitter on Tuesday of the World War II battleship Musashi’s rusty bow, which bore the Japanese empire’s Chrysanthemum seal. The American billionaire, who has also pursued space exploration, said his luxury yacht and exploration ship, the M/Y Octopus, found the Musashi one kilometer (1.6 miles) deep on the …

  • Miriam bucks house arrest for Enrile
    Miriam bucks house arrest for Enrile

    Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago believes granting Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile house arrest, while former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo remains under hospital detention, will violate the equal protection clause of the Constitution. “That’s already a violation of the equal protection of the law,” she said. …

  • 8 of 10 cities most at risk from natural disasters located in Phl – study
    8 of 10 cities most at risk from natural disasters located in Phl – study

    Eight of 10 world cities most exposed to natural hazards are in the Philippines and more than half of the 100 cities most exposed to earthquakes, storms and other disasters are in four Asian nations, according to a research. The study, published on Wednesday by risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft, analyzed the threat posed by storms, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, volcanoes and landslides in more than 1,300 cities. The study found that the 10 cities most at risk are Port Vila in …

  • US ambassador recovers from knife attack praised by N. Korea
    US ambassador recovers from knife attack praised by N. Korea

    The US ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was recovering from surgery Thursday after having his face and arm slashed by a knife-wielding activist in an attack applauded by North Korean state media. The United States condemned the "act of violence" which saw the ambassador rushed to hospital where his condition was described as stable after two-and-a-half hours of surgery that included 80 stitches to a deep gash on his right cheek. During the assault, Kim screamed a slogan in favour of …

  • World's oldest person wonders about secret to longevity too
    World's oldest person wonders about secret to longevity too

    TOKYO (AP) — The world's oldest person says 117 years doesn't seem like such a long time. …

  • New Moro rebel group emerges
    New Moro rebel group emerges

    A radical Muslim cleric trained in the Middle East and considered one of the leaders of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) has broken away from the terror group to form his own band of jihadists who are now reportedly providing sanctuary to bomb expert Basit Usman and at least five foreign militants, the military said yesterday. Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Col. Restituto Padilla, citing reports from the field, said the Justice for Islamic Movement (JIM) was …

  • Ohio mom, boyfriend guilty; child emailed teacher for help

    PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — A woman and her boyfriend pleaded guilty to raping her young children and were sentenced to prison on Wednesday, a year after one of her daughters emailed a teacher for help and said she and her siblings were being chained to their beds, deprived of food and sexually assaulted. …

  • UNA hits PNP selection process
    UNA hits PNP selection process

    The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) hit yesterday the apparent machinations in the selection of the new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief. Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco, UNA interim president, said the administration and the ruling Liberal Party (LP) are perpetuating the bata-bata or patronage system in the selection process of the police chief. “They will start this by maneuvering the appointment of Gen. Garbo as PNP chief,” said Tiangco, referring to one of the top contenders for PNP …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options