In his 2019 World Day of Migrants and Refugees message, the Holy Father called on Catholics to welcome, protect, promote and integrate not only migrants and refugees but “all those living in the existential peripheries.”
The United States annually celebrates National Migration Week each year in January.
A Mass at Holy Name Cathedral on January 5, feast of the Epiphany, highlighted the ethnic diversity of the Archdiocese of Chicago through multilingual readings and music. The Mass included Spanish, Polish and Filipino choirs from different parishes. Immigrants representing more than 30 countries participated in their traditional attire. Intercessions were offered in six languages, with Sr. Cathy Fedewa, CSFN from Cabrini Retreat Center, offering the English prayer.
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago stated, “These days also highlight how the world’s refugees in our day experience the same struggles of the Holy Family, who had to flee violence and travel to a foreign land