National Migration Week: January 6-12, 2008
January 3rd, 2008
From Many, One Family of God
The US Bishops have designated January 6 (Feast of Epiphany) through January 3, 2008 as National Migration Week. This observance calls people of faith to join in solidarity with immigrants, migrants, refugees and victims of human trafficking. In this 27th annual celebration, the theme of which is From Many, One Family of God, the focus is on developing awareness of newcomers within our faith communities and celebrating our diversity and richness together as a family of God.
With the Congressional failure to pass a Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill in 2007, the climate of resentment, suspicion and fear against newcomers continues. As the presidential election of 2008 gains momentum, Immigration remains one the divisive issues. Knowing a candidate’s commitment to Immigration Reform is helpful in our making a choice that will promote and sustain the common good.
Here are some recommended resources to assist you in celebrating National Migration Week in different settings:
US Catholic Bishops Conference offers a wonderful education resource, a bilingual calendar, bulletin inserts and much more.
The Center of Concern has launched a new initiative called Voting the Common Good. This offers an excellent resource guide for Catholics and other people of faith in preparations for the 2008 elections. Materials focus on principles to guide immigration policy, questions for candidates, Church Bulletin inserts, myth busters, talking points for discussion settings and more.
“In this misfortune experienced by the Family of Nazareth, obliged to take refuge in Egypt, we can catch a glimpse of the painful condition in which all migrants live, especially, refugees, exiles, evacuees, internally displaced persons, those who are persecuted. We can take a quick look at the difficulties that every migrant family lives through, the hardships and humiliations, the deprivation and fragility of millions and millions of migrants, refugees and internally displaced people. The Family of Nazareth reflects the image of God safeguarded in the heart of every human family, even if disfigured and weakened by emigration”
– Pope Benedict XVI, October 18, 2006, World Migration Day. Vatican.
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