On the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis invited us to, “embrace all those fleeing from war and hunger, or forced by discrimination, persecution, poverty and environmental degradation to leave their homelands.”
Respond with meaning
Communities can respond to Pope Francis’ invitation by commemorating National Migration Week from January 7-14. National Migration Week is a chance to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants—including immigrants, refugees and survivors of human trafficking. It is a special opportunity for the Church in the United States to live out the Share the Journey campaign, a global effort to show love and honor the dignity of our migrant and refugee neighbors.
Visit sharejourney.org to download Justice for Immigrants’ National Migration Week toolkit, including sample petitions and ideas to engage your community.
Thousands of young adults are gathering in Krakow, Poland to celebrate the 2016 World Youth Day (July 25-31, 2016). During this World Youth Day celebration, God’s Mercy will be the theme. The fifth beatitude found in Matthew’s Gospel proclaims “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” This theme aligns with the Holy Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. Pope Francis arrives today, Thursday, July 28th and delivers his welcome address at a prayer service. Catch the latest news and schedule at http://worldyouthday.com/world-youth-day-2016-celebrating-gods-mercy-in-krakow
“(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday received the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen, Germany, from Marcel Philipp, the Lord Mayor of the German city. The International Charlemagne Prize is awarded for work done in the service of European unification. The Prize is named for Charles the Great (Charlemagne), the Franconian king revered by his contemporaries as the “Father of Europe.”‘ To read more go to:
” For these Forty Days we are conscious of how we must sharpen our senses and focus mind and heart on the Reign of God. We are, above all, aware of those waters in which we were baptized into Christ’s death. We died to sin and evil and began a new life in Christ. The waters of Baptism wait at Lent’s end for the catechumens, but we are called to renew our Baptism as well.” (From the USCCB Catechetical Corner) https://usccb.force.com/MN4__mnp_viewresource?id=a1I1A00000ZlUmrUAF