Today, Sept. 27th, Pope Francis is inviting people all around the world to create a united global human family and to join him in a campaign called Share the Journey. The focus will be on our joint journey as people on the move in departure, transit and host communities. He is asking us to walk with the 62 million migrants and refugees who find themselves forced from their homes and their countries. We see them on our TV screens every night! Pope Francis will announce the campaign today from St. Peter’s Square. We want to be there with him.
Caritas International, the group Francis asked to organize the campaign explained, “Pope Francis has made numerous appeals to promote the culture of encounter in an effort to combat the culture of indifference in the world today. It means seeing through the eyes of others rather than turning a blind eye. ‘Not just to see but to look. Not just to hear but to listen. Not just to meet and pass by, but to stop. And don’t just say “what a shame, poor people,” but allow ourselves to be moved by pity.’” (Pope Francis)
The USCCB provided some suggestions for drawing attention to the beginnings of this campaign which will go on until September 2019. They have asked us to take pictures to be posted on social media –pictures of groups of people who have indicated their concern for our migrant and refugee communities and who want to join with Pope Francis in this campaign. And so, we would like to take a picture of us here at Cathedral Square!
Bishop Perez is able to join us on the steps of the Cathedral to have that picture taken at 1:40 this afternoon. We would love to have everyone there. Please come!