It is not just about Migrants

“In a word, 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. Migrants, especially those who are most vulnerable, help us to read the ‘signs of the times.'”


Message for the WDMR – 2019


The Sculpture in
St Peter’s Square

Since September 5th, 2019, a life size sculpture called “Angels Unawares” stands in a corner of St Peter’s Square as part of an initiative of the Migrants & Refugees Section. The work belongs to Canadian artist and sculptor Timothy Schmalz, and its presence is meant to commemorate the 105th World Day of Migrants & Refugees (WDMR). On September 29, 2019. Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass in St Peter’s Square for the occasion.

A sculpture by Timothy P. Schmalz

“I describe my
sculptures as
being visual