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
On Friday, June 22, 2018, the Columban Mission Center received a letter from an immigrant mother separated from her son at the US/MX border. She is trying to request asylum and is currently in detention in El Paso, TX.
*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
Today, as we mark the beginning of Easter Week in the nation’s capital, we commemorate the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and so many more unsung men and women, as well as children – remember the four children who died in the bombing of their church in Birmingham – who embodied in their lives the courageous struggle for racial equality, human dignity, and the power of nonviolence and redemptive suffering.
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