Bishops invite faithful to Mass of Solidarity to pray for migrants, refugees

| December 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

Archbishop Bernard Hebda and Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens will celebrate a Mass of Solidarity 5 p.m. Dec. 9 for Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

“We want Catholics to come together with our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters from around the globe,” Bishop Cozzens said in an archdiocesan video posted on its website and Facebook page Nov. 27. “It’s a chance to hear their stories and share their struggles as we encounter Jesus Christ together in the Eucharist.”

The Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis launches the archdiocese’s participation in the “Share the Journey” campaign, which Pope Francis commenced Sept. 27 in support of immigrants and refugees. The two-year campaign seeks to raise people’s awareness of refugees and immigrants, and also provide opportunities to encounter them.

In the archdiocese’s video, Bishop Cozzens noted that around 65 million people worldwide have been displaced, “the most since World War II,” he said. Bishop Cozzens said locally, he and Archbishop Hebda want to highlight the needs of youths affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, adding that immigration reform is necessary in order for them to remain in the U.S.

“The bishops of this country have said, ‘We judge ourselves as a community of faith by the way we treat the most vulnerable among us,’” Archbishop Hebda said in the video.

Cultural singing and dancing will precede the Mass at 4 p.m.

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