- May 6, 2021
For Christians in the Middle East looking back on 2016, the picture is grim: with mounting challenges especially in Iraq and Syria. Thousands of Iraqi Christians had to flee for their lives after the militants invaded their home in the Ninevah Plain. Now their people risk extinction.
“Creating a Culture of Encounter” will be the theme of the 2017 National Migration Week, the annual observance started by the U.S. Catholic bishops more than 25 years ago. The event will take place January 8-14 and focus on welcome, compassion and solidarity with migrants and refugees.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is establishing a working group charged with providing support and assistance to immigrants and refugees. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the USCCB, has named the members of the committee with an eye toward the incoming Trump administration.
“Through this exhibition we want to share with you our hopes, energy, and ideas for the future,” the introduction to the display reads. “We, as Ukrainians, have our rights and responsibilities – we want to be part of our nation that lives in peace and security.”
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops promotes prayer services and special Masses across the country on December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe the patroness of the Americas. The focus will be on migrants and refugees, a central theme in today’s politics and society.
Father Adday, the only Chaldean Catholic priest allowed to do pastoral work in Turkey, travels thousands of miles each year to help the community of Iraqi Christian refugees in the country. Adday has baptized, married and administered the last rites to hundreds since he was ordained.
Solidarity, not closing borders, is the only real and lasting solution to the challenge of migration, the pope said in remarks at his general audience yesterday. He went on to tell a moving story about mercy toward strangers.