Friday, January 6, 2012

National Migration Week: Creating space of acceptance and welcome of migrants

From LCWR:

January 8-14 is National Migration Week. We urge you to invite your communities to celebrate the giftedness of migrants in every way that you can.

JP MigrationJust as on the road to Emmaus, Christ's disciples met him in the guise of a stranger, this year's theme for National Migration Week reminds us that Christ makes himself present to each of us in the lonesome traveler, the newcomer, and the migrant. We are called to open our hearts and provide hospitality to those in need. It is our duty to create a space of welcome and acceptance to the migrant who finds himself or herself far away from home and in a vulnerable situation.

The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Office of Migration and Refugee Services has developed a number of resources to help celebrate the week including:

We also encourage you to visit the Justice for Immigrants website, where you can find a wide range of educational resources on immigration and Catholic Social Teaching.

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