In May, Pope Francis promoted this prayer to be said ahead of the World Day for Migrants and Refugees on 26 September 2021. It is a cause close to his heart. Sad to say, an atmosphere of hostility towards migrants and refugees is being fostered in Britain and elsewhere, perhaps tempered a little as we witness the tragedy of Afghanistan. Clearly, Francis sees migration, whatever the individual person’s motivation, as part of our task of making the earth into our common home.
Holy beloved Father, Your Son Jesus taught us That there is great rejoicing in heaven Whenever someone lost is found, Whenever someone excluded, rejected or discarded Is gathered into our 'we' Which thus becomes ever wider. We ask you to grant the followers of Jesus, And all people of good will, The grace to do your will on earth. Bless each act of welcome and outreach That draws those in exile Into the 'we' of community and the church, So that our Earth may truly become What you yourself created it to be: The common home of all our brothers and sisters. Amen.