On April 18th, tragedy once again struck the Mediterranean, provoking renewed focus on international migration and the humanitarian crises prompting such perilous journeys.
Pope Francis’ message for the 101st World Day of Migrants and Refugees embraces the theme Church without frontiers, Mother to all. Celebrated on January 18, the World Day of Migrants and Refugees is an opportunity to reflect on our faith and the challenges facing migrants. Ultimately, the Holy Father urges a “universal network of cooperation, based on safeguarding the dignity and centrality of every human person.”
The evening “Angela,” a woman in her early thirties, arrived at the shelter for women and children in Nogales, Mexico she was desperate to reunite with her husband “Tino” with whom she had traveled North two weeks before. The couple traversed the Sonora desert together and crossed the border successfully, but were picked up at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Arizona only days after entering the United States. The pair was separated upon apprehension and that was the last Angela saw of her husband. Angela described her husband to other migrants and service providers.
Today is an occasion to pause from our busy lives and remember our migrant sisters and brothers who have died trying to reach the United States. The mass and procession at the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona, hosted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, awakens us to the plight of the more than 6,000 migrants who have perished at the border in pursuit of a better life. Whether joining in prayer at the border, gathered with co-workers in your office, or in silent reflection at your computer, each of us is encouraged to take up the Holy Father’s call to solidarity with
Diakonia - Although this word is certainly a familiar concept for CLINIC affiliates who are guided by a philosophy of selfless service, it was not until the Holy Father’s Lenten message that this word entered my vocabulary. Diakonia, Pope Francis explains, is the universal call to “meet needs and bind the wounds which disfigure the face of humanity.” As we embark on Ash Wednesday, I look to the Holy Father’s Lenten message to identify who and how I can help with my Lenten p
Recent tragedies off the coasts of Lampedusa, Italy and Florida, involving shipwrecked men, women, and children fill the screen and illuminate the harsh realities prompting international migration.