Welcome, Protect, Promote & Integrate
Pope Francis celebrated mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday 1/14/18, the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. People from more than 70 countries were represented in the multi-cultural celebration. In his message of peace, the Pope called all to:
“…overcome our fears so as to encounter the other, to welcome, to know, and to acknowledge him or her.”
To read the full text of our Holy Father’s homily on World Day of Migrants and Refugees, click here.
To view the full mass in its entirety, click here.
Here in Hawaii, the theme of migrants and refugees was also highlighted at the Red Mass on Tuesday, 1/16/18 at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa. Bishop Larry Silva reminded us of two famous immigrants who lived their faith by serving the most vulnerable. Both St. Damien and St. Marianne dedicated their lives to helping the sick, the poor and the outcast. And they did so with faith, courage and love. Click here to read the full text of Bishop Silva’s homily.
The theme for the US Bishops National Migration Week 2018, “Many Journeys, One Family,” draws attention to the fact that each of our families has a migration story–some recent and others in the distant past. Regardless of where we are and where we came from, we remain part of the human family and are called to live in solidarity with one another. The US Bishops shared the following prayer for all to use not only in the National Migration week but all year long: