"May God be with us, may God care for us, may God sustain us. And we must always be reaching out to the migrant," he stated.
Bishop Calderón Calderón pointed out that the situations motivating the migrants and pushing them to leave their own land " have gradually reached the point of overwhelming the [Central American] countries' own efforts. An environment of poverty, and environment of injustice, an environment of violence is not a good habitat for a person to find fulfillment, to develop."
"Now that this situation is getting worse, these very globalized phenomena are appearing and we have to reach out" to these people, he said.
The Honduran Bishops' Conference lamented last week the "human tragedy" exemplified by the migrant caravan.
"We note with much sadness and serious concern this "human tragedy," as Pope Francis has called 'forced migration,' of the departure in a caravan of thousands of our Honduran brothers and sisters who have left their own land, seeking better oportunities for their lives, for themselves and for their own families," the bishops said in a statement published October 20.
"This is an outrageous reality, caused by the current situation going on in our country, forcing a large and determined group to leave what little they have, venturing down the migration route to the United States without any certainty, with the desire to reach the promised land, the 'American dream,'" they emphasized.
The Mexican bishop appealed to love for the Virgin of Guadalupe, saying it would motivate welcoming "these brothers who need it. She is Our Mother and she is the Mother of all."
This article was originally published by our sister agency, ACI Prensa. It has been translated, updated, and adapted by CNA.