June 21, 2019
According to this article from the Associated Press, at the end of 2018, a record 71 million people were “displaced worldwide by war, persecution and other violence.” That’s 2.3 million more people than the year before, and if all 71 million people were a country, it would be the world’s 20th largest.
I am reminded of something that Pope Francis said during his Christmas homily in 2017:
“So many other footsteps are hidden in the footsteps of Joseph and Mary. We see the tracks of entire families forced to set out in our own day. We see the tracks of millions of persons who do not choose to go away but, driven from their land, leave behind their dear ones. In many cases this departure is filled with hope, hope for the future; yet for many others this departure can only have one name: survival. Surviving the Herods of today, who, to impose their power and increase their wealth, see no problem in shedding innocent blood.”