Pope Francis made a poignant appeal on behalf of the world's refugees during his Wednesday general audience, reminding all listening that Jesus, too, encountered times of hardship and danger.
"We believe that Jesus was a refugee, had to flee to save his life, with Saint Joseph and Mary, had to leave for Egypt," Pope Francis said, according to Zenit. "He was a refugee. Let us pray to Our Lady who knows the pain of refugees."
The pope made his petition to the Church, which he defined as "all of us," not limited to "priests, bishops, or the Vatican," reported Asia News.
World Refugee Day is on June 20. "The number of these brother refugees is growing and, in these past few days, thousands more have been forced to leave their homes in order to save their life. Millions of families, millions of them, refugees from many countries and different faiths, experience in their stories tragedies and wounds that will not likely be healed," said Pope Francis. "Let us be their neighbors, share their fears and uncertainty about the future, and take concrete steps to reduce their suffering."