Denver, Colo., Jan 11, 2018 / 05:00 am
A U.S. cardinal has called Catholics to support the needs of refugees and immigrants living along the 2,000-mile border between the United States and Mexico.
"The story of our salvation in Jesus begins with the story of refugees. The Holy Family were refugees," reflected Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, chancellor of Catholic Extension, in a recent documentary detailing ministries supported by the missionary support apostolate.
Catholic Extension has invested more than $12 million dollars in Catholic ministries along the U.S.-Mexico border region in the past five years, the organization reports.
"It is at the core of who we are to ensure that those who are on a journey are protected by the Church and that we advocate on their behalf," Cupich added
A papal society founded to support underfunded Catholic parishes and dioceses in the United States, the organization provides grants for projects that support migrants along the 2,000-mile US border with Mexico. Recent projects in the border region have included emergency shelters for women and children, and legal resources for asylum seekers.