This morning, Pope Francis launched 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 new campaign website https://www.sharejourney.org 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.
Initiative highlights Catholic moral teaching on welcoming migrants and refugees
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 was launched today, Sept. 27, by Pope Francis, who performed a symbolic gesture of “reaching out” to migrants and refugees and invited others around the world to join him in doing the same. It continues now in our parishes and dioceses.
WHAT: https://www.sharejourney.org is the dedicated website for activities taking place in the U.S. Catholic organizations will use this site to provide resources, engagement opportunities and proposed events, including the following:
- Media resource page with spokesperson contact: https://www.sharejourney.org/media/
- Personal stories from immigrants and refugees: https://www.sharejourney.org/meet-your-neighbors/
- Educational and Pastoral resources such as prayers and reflections for the Week of Prayer and Action: https://www.sharejourney.org/resource-library/
- Week of Prayer and Action” from October 7 to October 13 that calls on all Catholics and all people of goodwill to take a public action in support of migrants and refugees in their communities and local dioceses. https://www.sharejourney.org/resource-library/catholic-leaders/
WHERE: For additional information and updates on ways to get involved, please visit the campaign website: https://sharejourney.org
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