This week Pope Francis will make his first official trip to Mexico, which includes an historic visit to the U.S.- Mexico border. His presence there will highlight the violence, extreme poverty and human rights violations that have forced so many people to flee their homes on a perilous search for safety and freedom abroad. The Pope’s visit to the border will serve to remind the U.S. of the inherent dignity of the 11 million people living in our country without documentation. These are our neighbors—people who make invaluable contributions to our communities and economy, but who are nonetheless forced to live in the shadows of society.
The Ignation Solidarity Network (ISN), a JFI core member organization, has a website devoted to the Holy Father's visit to the border. Please visit the ISN's Pope2Borderwebsite for resources that you, your parishes, and other supporters of immigrants can use to stand in solidarity with Pope Francis as he travels to the U.S-Mexico border.
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Click here or on the images above to watch a replay of the Mass in Washington, DC.
A video recording of the post-Mass press event can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/T15ECS
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