Thursday, January 4, 2018

National Migration Week
January 7 - 14, 2018

National Migration Week provides the church in the United States an opportunity to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking.

This year’s theme, Many Journeys, One Family draws attention to the fact that each of our families have a migration story, some recent and others in the distant past. Regardless of where we are and where we came from, we remain part of the human family and are called to live in solidarity with one another.

Take time to share your ‘migration story’ and those of others.  Read Pope Francis’ Message for the 2018 World Day of Migrants and Refugees and the Holy Father’s 2018 World Day of Peace entitled, Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace.

Prayer of Pope Francis’ for Migrants and Refugees

Merciful God and Father of all, wake us from the slumber of indifference, open our eyes to their suffering, and free us from the insensitivity born of worldly comfort and self-centeredness.

Inspire us, as nations, communities and individuals, to see that those who come to our shores are our brothers and sisters.

May we share with them the blessings we have received from Your hand, and recognize that together, as one human family, we are all migrants, journeying in hope to You, our true home, where every tear will be wiped away, where we will be at peace and safe in Your embrace.

Excerpted from Pope Francis’ Prayer for Migrants at the Port of Lesbos, 4/16/2016

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