St. Paul, Minn., Jan 7, 2020 / 00:52 am
Reflecting on the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt, the Catholic and Lutheran bishops of Minnesota issued an open letter encouraging Christians to adopt a welcoming attitude toward refugees.
"We are saddened that as Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ - who himself experienced life as a refugee when his family fled to Egypt - our nation may be creating even more hardships for vulnerable refugee families," said an open letter from Minnesota's Catholic bishops and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
"Every human person is created in the image and likeness of God and therefore imbued with a sacred dignity we must respect and protect. This is especially true when it comes to the poor and vulnerable."
The article ran in the Star Tribune's Opinion Exchange Dec. 23, in preparation for National Migration Week, which is observed this year Jan. 5-11. This year's theme is "Promoting a Church and a World for All."