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U.S. Catholic Agencies Prepare for “Share the Journey” Global Campaign on Migration to be launched by Pope Francis September 27

Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Relief Services and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Announce “Share the Journey " Campaign Launch; Week of Call to Prayer and Action; and Website

Alexandria, Va. (September 25 2017) –On September 27, Pope Francis will launch the worldwide, two-year “Share the Journey” campaign calling on Catholics and the faithful to ‘encounter’ migrants and refugees in an effort to break down barriers of fear and suspicion and build bridges of understanding and hospitality. Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are part of a global network of Caritas organizations participating in the campaign. Together they have launched a new website ahead of and in support of the global “Share the Journey” campaign in support of migrants and refugees around the world. The website, ,offers ways in which people, parishes, schools and other groups can participate. “Share the Journey” is a call to prayer, to reflection and to action. 

WHO:  CCUSA, CRS and the USCCB are calling on Catholics, parishes, schools, other organizations and all people of good will to participate in the worldwide ‘Share the Journey’ campaign. Through prayers and acts of compassion and support, you can help shape conversations and actions to answer the Gospel call to love our neighbors.

WHEN:  The campaign will be launched on Sept. 27, 2017 by Pope Francis, who will perform a symbolic gesture of “reaching out” to migrants and refugees, inviting others around the world to join him in doing the same. The campaign will also be supported by dozens of bishops across the United States who will also offer similar reaching out gestures within their own dioceses.

WHAT: is the dedicated website for activities taking place in the U.S. In the weeks leading up to and immediately following the official launch by Pope Francis, CCUSA, CRS and USCCB will use this site to provide resources, engagement opportunities and proposed events, including the following:


Pope Francis Delivers TED Talk from Vatican

Recently Pope Francis appeared in a TED Talk delivered directly from Vatican City. He gave us a very inspiring message of unity and compassion.  In his message, Pope Francis calls for equality, solidarity and tenderness in our interactions with others. (TED--Technology, Entertainment, Design--is a media organization which posts talks online for free distribution under the slogan "ideas worth spreading.")
Click this link to view this wonderful talk: .

Cardinal, Muslim leaders and Public Officials Gather in Solidary and Prayer

Feb 2, 2017 Statement of the Archdiocese of Boston: "Today, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Cardinal O’Malley, joined by Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh, Boston Police Commissioner Evans and Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Methodios, met with leaders from the Muslim community of Greater Boston.  The meeting provided the opportunity for all present to come together in prayer, solidarity and support during these challenging times.  The discussion included recognition that Catholics and Muslims share a concern for the common good and together uphold our nation’s founding principles of religious liberty and acceptance. Our country has been greatly enriched by our Muslim brothers and sisters, who contribute much to the civic, social and spiritual life of our local communities. Together we pray that our nation’s proud tradition of welcome and acceptance will be strengthened as we go forward in service to our people."

(For Cadinal O'Malley's letter on support to immigrant communities, click Here.)










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