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The Vatican remembers the 260 million refugees in the world and calls for change

The Vatican released the Pope's message for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

We have seen Pope Francis look into the eyes of migrants and refugees in Lampedusa.

As well as in El Paso.

And Myanmar.

Of course, we've seen him with them in various refugee camps. From Lesbos...to the Central African Republic.

Now, in his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees, the Pope is asking the Church and the world not to turn his back on them.

This year I have chosen as the theme of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees: "Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees." There can be no tomorrow without this inclusion

The Vatican has released Pope Francis' message for this special day to be celebrated on September 25.

Cardinal Francesco Montenegro noted that Pope Francis is asking the world for a radical change in attitude towards refugees.

It's said that in the world there are about 260 million migrants, so this shows that the world is changing.

The Cardinal speaks from experience. He was the bishop of the diocese containing Lampedusa, a common destination for African refugees and migrants. For years, he has witnessed their stories firsthand.

World Day of Migrants and Refugees is nothing new. This September marks its 108th year, after being founded in 1914, by Pope Benedict XV.