hope as a challenge, a responsibility and an opportunity.
To encounter Christ, forced to flee, on the faces of
migrants, displaced persons and refugees is a permanent source of hope.
In all contexts of forced migration, we also discover
gestures of immense solidarity and welcome; hospitality is a present and actual
value. On every continent, the apostolates of the Society promote processes of
accompaniment, walking with the excluded.
These commitments in accompaniment allow us to be witnesses of change, to see
migrants who, from vulnerability and precariousness, are able to heal their
wounds, and witness a transformation towards empowerment.
networks as a fundamental strategy.
Forty years ago, Father Arrupe marked an important
milestone in the history of the Society by encouraging us to defend, serve and accompany refugees. The necessary leap we are
making, especially in this 21st century, but with great difficulty, is the
commitment to networking.
Interprovincial and intersectorial networks that link
the dimensions of work, that are oriented by and for the mission, that start
from accompaniment from the borders and territories most vulnerable to forced
migration and that recognize the need to promote alliances, this is our real
It is important and comforting to recognize the
steps taken in this regard in all the Jesuit Conferences. But we still have a
long way to go. As we celebrate International Migrant’s Day in 2020, let us
each try to respond to this question: what is God asking of us today in the
accompaniment of forced migration?