Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 20, 2023 / 11:30 am
June 20 is World Refugee Day, a day established by the United Nations to promote awareness of the estimated 27.1 million refugees displaced by violence and conflict across the globe.
To mark the day, Pope Francis urged continued prayer and action, and multinational companies, including Amazon and Microsoft, pledged to collectively hire more than 250,000 refugees in Europe.
In a tweet Tuesday, Francis said he was “thinking of Christ present in so many desperate people fleeing conflicts and climate change.”
“The problem of hospitality needs to be confronted together,” the pope added. “Without excuses and without delay, because the effects will be felt, sooner or later, by all of us.”