As the Holy Father prepares to make his 2015 Papal visit to the United States (September 22-27), CLINIC affiliates are invited to prepare for this historic moment. During stops in Washington D.C, Philadelphia, and New York City, Pope Francis is anticipated to address the dignity of migrants and care for God’s creation. A schedule of his visit can be found on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops's website.
Looking for ways to welcome Pope Francis and share the Gospel call to witness migrants as members of our “human family?” Find suggestions and resources below regarding Catholic Social Teaching and migration:
How Does Catholic Social Teaching Fit Into Immigration?
In advocating on behalf of migrants, immigrants, and refugees, it is important to understand that the Catholic position is based on Catholic social teaching, which is derived from the Gospels and the words of Christ; statements and encyclicals of the Popes; and statements and pastoral letters of bishops around the world, including the bishops of the United States
Catholic Social Teaching Resources
Pope Francis has spoken out on immigration issues since the beginning of this papacy. CLINIC's "Quotes from Pope Francis" is a compilation of select excerpts from Pope Francis' homilies, messages, and teaching documents on immigration issues.
Modern Catholic social teaching is the body of social principles and moral teaching that is articulated in the papal, conciliar, and other official documents issued since the late nineteenth century dealing with the economic,political, and social order. This teaching is rooted in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures as well as in traditional philosophical and theological teachings of the Church.
The Church has celebrated the World Day of Migrants and Refugees each year since 1914. This is an occasion for the Church and people of faith to reflect upon the role migration has played in our tradition, express concern for migrants, refugees, and people on the move, and build awareness about the challenges and opportunities migration presents.
CLINIC Responds to Papal Visit
Immigration Could Get Push From Pope Francis - Roll Call, August 20, 2015
Catholic Policy Advocates Crossing Fingers in Advance of Papal Visit Source - Catholic News Service, September 4, 2015
Pope Stresses Need to Confront Poverty and Climate Change - Standard Times, September 23, 2015
Some Iowa Latinos Find Hope in Pope's Immigration Message - The Des Moines Register, September 25, 2015
Immigration Reformers React to Papal Address - USA Today, September 26, 2015
How Can You Participate?
Host a Watch Party
If you can't physically make it to one of the events being held on the East Coast, we are encouraging everyone to hold viewing parties in their respective areas. If you have never held one before, we have provided a link below to information on what is needed to make it a reality. You can also find out if there are any already set up in your area.
Attend an Event
During his three city visit, the Pope will be addressing Congress and the U.N, visiting Catholic charities, and attending Mass, among other activities.
Many of these events are open to the public. Let us know which ones you plan to attend!