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The celebration was instituted in 1914, a few months before the First World War, when the Pope of the Catholic Church, Pope Pius X, facing the fact of millions of Italians leaving their homeland, called on all Christians to pray for the migrants, thus establishing the World Day of Migrants.

In the same year, his successor, Benedict XV, dedicated this day to supporting the pastoral care of Italian migrants.

Since 1952, Migrant Day has received an international appeal by calling on local churches to choose a date during the liturgical year to celebrate it.

In 1985, Pope John Paul II sent the first message for the Day, and since 2004, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants has included refugees.