The “Angels Unawares” sculpture was unveiled by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square on 29 September 2019, the 105th World Day of Migrants & Refugees Section (WDMR). Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass in St Peter’s Square for the occasion.
The Church has celebrated WDMR every year since 1914. It is always an occasion to express concern for many different vulnerable people on the move, to pray for them and the challenges they face, and to increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers. For 2019, Pope Francis chose the theme “It is not just about migrants” to make sure that no one remains excluded from society, whether a long-time resident or someone newly-arrived.
Message of His Holiness
Pope Francis for the
105th World Day of Migrants
“Dear brothers and sisters, our response to the challenges posed by contemporary migration can be summed up in four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. […] If we put those four verbs into practice, we will help build the city of God and man. We will promote the integral human development of all people”.