Washington D.C., Jan 7, 2018 / 05:21 am
The 2018 National Migration Week observed by the U.S. bishops' conference will focus on the theme, "Many Journeys, One Family," highlighting the experience of migrants who are forced to leave their homes.
With more than 65 million people worldwide displaced from their homes, Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the bishops' Committee on Migration, expressed hope that the week will educate Catholics on migration and encourage the faithful to share in the struggles of immigrants.
"National Migration Week allows for reflection upon the biblical teaching concerning welcoming the newcomer and allows us to share the journey with our brothers and sisters who have been forced from their homes," said the bishop in a Jan. 5 statement.
This year, National Migration Week falls Jan. 7-13. Its theme coincides with the "Share the Journey," global immigration campaign hosted by Caritas Internationalis.