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National Migration Week is Jan. 8-14

National Migration Week will be observed in dioceses around the country January 8-14, 2017.
 
Read:
Celebrating National Migration Week message from the U.S. Bishops in English and Español.
 
2017 Message for World Day of Migrants & Refugees from Pope Francis
(English | Español | Additional languages)
 
This year’s theme, Creating a Culture of Encounter,” draws attention to Pope Francis' call to create a culture of encounter, and in doing so to look beyond our own needs and wants to those of others around us. The call to create a culture of encounter plays an important role in the lives of faithful Christians. In his first Pentecost homily as pope, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of encounter in the Christian faith: "For me this word is very important. Encounter with others. Why? Because faith is an encounter with Jesus, and we must do what Jesus does: encounter others."
 
The migrant person, who moves from one country to another is truly a stranger in the midst. Often unfamiliar with the language of the new country, not to mention its customs, migrants need the support of local communities in order to better adjust to their new surroundings. National Migration Week 2017 picks up on the theme of encounter and, in doing so, calls on each of us to engage with others in the way that Jesus would have, as children of God.
 
During this week, Catholics are called to participate through prayer and action to try and ease the struggles of immigrants, migrants and vulnerable populations and to reflect on the Church’s obligation to create a culture of encounter, engagement and accompaniment.
 
Take action during this week of prayer, awareness and advocacy:
Pray for migrants, refugees, and all other strangers in our midst, that they may find strength in our concern for justice and feel the warmth of our love
Visit the USCCB's Justice for Immigrants website
Learn about the work of the USCCB's migration and refugee services
Read about and assist with the needs of Syrian refugees
Monthly Mercy Actions: the corporal works of mercy (from the Year of Mercy)