On September 27, 2017, Pope Francis launched an exciting two-year “Share the Journey” campaign of action and awareness-raising to promote the strengthening of relationships between migrants, refugees and communities. It is the Church’s response to Pope Francis’ calls to promote the ‘culture of encounter’ – to see people on the move with humanity, to open hearts and minds, to change perceptions.
Among the initiatives of the campaign are new prayers for the faithful to recite collectively during Mass each week, homily resources for priests, social media tools, volunteer opportunities, and educational resources aimed at sharing stories of migrants and refugees. The campaign seeks to highlight both international and domestic efforts, such as the plight of Syrian refugees, DACA recipients fearing deportation, and asylum seekers in Egypt.
In response to the campaign, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is calling for a National Week of Prayer and Action, scheduled from October 7-13, 2017. To learn more about how your parish can get involved, please explore campaign resources, found here.
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are part of a global network of organizations participating in the campaign organized by Caritas Internationalis.