Pope Francis Announces "Share the Journey" Campaign for Migrants and Refugees
The "Share the Journey" campaign was launched by Pope Francis on Sept. 27 in support of those who have fled their homes seeking safety and a better life around the world and in the U.S. This is a two-year campaign sponsored globally by Caritas Internationalis, and in the U.S. by the USCCB's Migration and Refugee Services Committee, Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA. The campaign aims to raise awareness and understanding of the unprecedented number of migrants and refugees globally, including those who have come to the U.S., and to challenge myths and perceptions in order to encourage greater support for migrants and refugees in the U.S. and around the world. A Week of Prayer and Action was held Oct. 7-14, inviting people to follow the call to "love your neighbor" by joining in the Share the Journey Campaign in Catholic parishes, schools, colleges, hospitals and other institutions and ministries.
Week of Prayer and Action
Below is a listing of CHA prayers shared each day during the Share the Journey Week of Prayer and Action.
Saturday, Oct. 7:
We pray for all those immigrants and refugees who are currently separated from members of their family.
» A Moment for Grace - Prayer for Refugees (from Catholic Relief Services)
Sunday, Oct. 8:
We pray for all expectant mothers who are living on the road, in a refugee camp or a detention center.
» Prayer for Expectant Mothers in Refugee Camps
Monday, Oct. 9:
We pray for an end to all violence forcing people to leave their homes.
» Prayer for Refugees
Tuesday, Oct. 10:
We pray for all those who are entrusted with the care of immigrants and refugees, including law enforcement officers, aid workers, and lawmakers.
» Prayer for Those Serving Refugees
Wednesday, Oct. 11:
We pray that people do not need to leave their home countries in order to find economic opportunity.
» Prayer for Refugees of Economically Driven Migration
Thursday, Oct. 12:
We pray for all those who must leave their home because of extreme weather events.
» Prayer for Environmental Migrants
Friday, Oct. 13:
We pray for all victims of human trafficking.
» Prayer for Migrants Exploited by Human Trafficking
For ideas on how your organization can participate in the "Share the Journey" campaign, visit www.sharejourney.org.
On the website, you will find information on:
CHA will participate in the campaign sharing activities from the "Share the Journey" campaign, as well as our own prayers, information and resources. Make sure to follow CHA on social media
and use the hashtag #ShareJourney in your own posts.