US Conference of Catholic Bishops sends message of hope ahead of National Migration Week

Young girl attending a cultural orientation class before her departure to the USA.A young refugee girl attending a cultural orientation class before her departure to the USA. Photo: ICMC Washington DC, 9 January 2017 - Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB's Vice President, delivered a joint statement on the occasion of National Migration Week, taking place January 8-14, 2017.

National Migration Week has been observed for 25 years as a way to cherish the many ways migrants and refugees enrich the United States of America as a whole. This year, the Catholic Church invited to create a culture of encounter where citizens and migrants can come together and share their hopes for a better future.

“Migration is, more than anything, an act of great hope. As Catholics in the United States, most of us can find stories in our own families of parents, grandparents or great-grandparents leaving the old country for the promise of America. Take time this Migration Week to seek out those stories. Let us remind ourselves of those moments when our loved ones were forced to seek the mercy of others in a new land,” the statement notes.

Read the statement in full on the USCCB website.