January 2, 2013
We Are Strangers No Longer: Our Journey of Hope Continues
Will launch postcard campaign for comprehensive immigration reform
USCCB Committee invites Catholics to support efforts through prayer, action
Migration Week will be observed in dioceses around the country January
6-12. This year’s theme, “We are Strangers No Longer: Our Journey of
Hope Continues,” includes a postcard campaign that calls for
comprehensive immigration reform.
This year’s theme also
celebrates the tenth anniversary of the joint pastoral letter, Strangers
No Longer: Together on a Journey of Hope, issued by the U.S. Conference
of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the Conferencia del Episcopado Mexicano
in 2003. In the pastoral letter the bishops reflected on migration
between Mexico and the United States as a “sign of the times” that is
necessary and beneficial, with promises and challenges.“Catholics
have a responsibility to welcome newcomers into our communities and
parishes, help them integrate and provide material and spiritual support
that will allow them to flourish,” said Archbishop José Gomez of Los
Angeles, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration. “National
Migration Week is an opportunity for the Church to remember and reflect
on these obligations.”
As part of this year’s National Migration Week
celebration the USCCB Migration and Refugee Services will launch a
postcard campaign that calls on Congress to pass fair and comprehensive
immigration reform that would:
1. Provide a path to citizenship for undocumented persons in the country.
2. Preserve family unity as a cornerstone of our national immigration system.
3. Provide legal paths for low-skilled immigrant workers to come and work in the United States.
4. Restore due process protections to immigration enforcement policies.
5. Address the root causes of migration caused by persecution and economic disparity.
Catholics are also urged to support this campaign.
Administration and Congress should work together to secure legislation
that will provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants,
provide legal means for migrants to enter our nation to work, and reform
the system to allow family reunification,” Archbishop Gomez said.
observance of National Migration Week began over a quarter century ago
by the U.S. bishops to give Catholics an opportunity to take stock of
the wide diversity of peoples in the Church and the ministries serving
The full text of the joint pastoral letter, Strangers No
Longer: Together on a Journey of Hope, can be found online at: www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/immigration/strangers-no-longer-together-on-the-journey-of-hope.cfm.
materials and other resources for National Migration Week can be found
Posters, prayer cards and booklets can be ordered through the USCCB
publishing service at www.usccbpublishing.org or by calling
Details on the postcard campaign can be found at: www.justiceforimmigrants.org
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