Thursday, September 12, 2013

Immigration reform push builds on prayer, fasting, preaching

Dioceses and parishes in 22 states are doing everything possible to help immigration reform get going. - - Donna Poisl

By Patricia Zapor

WASHINGTON – Faith-based advocacy in support of immigration reform is taking a multipronged approach as Congress resumes after the August break, with prayer and fasting being added to letter-writing and public speaking.

Over the weekend of Sept. 7 and 8, dioceses and parishes in 22 states focused on the Catholic Church’s teaching on migration in homilies and other activities.

Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, in a Sept. 8 letter to the people of the archdiocese, reminded them of their roots, saying today’s immigrants may “come in good part from Asia and Latin America, but their needs are in many ways similar to those of our ancestors.”
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