I have just returned from the US – Mexico border, on a journey of accompaniment sponsored by Maryknoll and hosted each year by the Columban Mission Center in El Paso, Texas. I have been to the border many times, but this time in particular was especially heart-breaking and painful. There we met immigrant parents and children who had been detained and cruelly separated from each other for two months; there we witnessed their joyful but often painful reunion at a refugee shelter; there we prepared and shared a meal with them at the Columban Mission Center.
On May 24, 2015, Pope Francis issued his papal encyclical letter Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, in which he urged the world to protect our common home and to end man-made climate change.
*Capitol Dome close up; (c) John Brighenti, Flickr
*Photo above: Taken by Custom and Border Protection (CBP) for reporters on tour of a child detention facility in McAllen, Texas.
Photo above: Columbans participate in a protest against family separation at the Capitol.
Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si', turns three today! Did you know that Fr.
by Nancy Brouillard McKenzie
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