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Pope Francis and Bishop Burbidge Invite You to "Share the Journey"

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Published on Sep 28, 2017

A Message from Bishop Michael F. Burbidge:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, on September 27 in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis launched a 2-year campaign called “Share the Journey.” Our Holy Father is calling on Catholics, and all people of good will, to work together to welcome and support those who must flee their homelands in order to survive and to find a life worthy of the dignity of God’s children.

I ask you to join me in continuing to make our Diocese a place of welcome for the stranger in our midst. While we remain committed to preserving our safety and our national security, we also support a comprehensive process of allowing families to find safety, shelter and respect. Faithful to the Gospel, we protect and assist each other as brothers and sisters made in the image and likeness of God.

How can we do this? First, pray. We pray for ourselves, that we may recognize in the faces of migrants and refugees, the Holy Family, who themselves fled their home to escape persecution. Pray for those who must flee, and pray for their persecutors.

Second, Sunday, October 8 begins a Week of Prayer and Action for the “Share the Journey” Campaign. Join with your priests and fellow parishioners to pray for migrants and refugees at Mass that weekend. Do what you can to be a welcoming presence for those with whom you come into contact in your daily life.

Third, see our diocesan website to learn about opportunities available through Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington to help extend the welcome of Christ to those who hunger for it.

Thank you, and God bless you.

To learn more visit our website at https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/shar... and the official website at https://www.sharejourney.org/

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