Share the Journey

In September  2017, Pope Francis launched a two year campaign to embrace the call to join the ‘culture of encounter’ – to make a positive difference to everyone with experience of migration. Called Share the Journey, this campaign has at its heart the vision of a united global human family.  For two years, the focus was on our joint journey as people on the move in departure, transit and host communities.  It promoted opportunities and spaces for migrants and communities to come together and share stories and experiences with the aim of strengthening the bonds between migrants and communities.

June 16-23 marks the final week of the Share the Journey campaign in the United States. Today, more than 65 million people—more refugees and internally displaced people than at any other time in history—have been forced to flee their homes and homelands because of poverty and violence. In recognition of their plight, on Thursday, June 20, nations across the globe will observe World Refugee Day.

Campaign Prayer

Have mercy on me, God most high.
In my fear and loneliness, be my refuge.
Far from my homeland, I feel lost.
My heart is stirred by thoughts of the family I left behind.
O God, hear their cries and come to their help!
Calm the storms of anxiety and doubt raging within me.
Go before me and guide my steps among a people I do not know.
May their kindness and compassion assure me that You are there to welcome me.

Prayer developed by Cardinal Luis Tagle, president of Caritas Internationalis following his experiences meeting migrants and refugees helped by Caritas.