Bishop Edward J. Burns announced the local launch of Share the Journey, Pope Francis’ global campaign to support migrants around the world. Bishop Burns was joined by clergy, lay leaders and immigrants from around the Dallas diocese at a news conference at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Avenue. Members of the diocesan Immigration Task Force were also in attendance.
With Share the Journey, the Catholic Church hopes to dispel widespread fear of newcomers and to raise awareness of Gospel teaching and the words of Christ on welcoming immigrants. In addition the Church hopes to help others better understand why so many people are compelled to leave their homes at this time in history. Pope Francis has said he hopes the initiative will inspire communities to build relationships with refugees and immigrants, and to love their neighbors in the U.S. and around the world in a variety of ways.
Bishop Burns discussed how the parishes, Catholic schools and organizations can participate in the Share the Journey campaign. Along with Pope Francis, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), and the Church’s global charitable network, Caritas Internationalis are collaborating in this effort.