Witness of the Church: Supporting Dreamers and Refugees

Pictured here, from left, are Vivi Iglesias, CRS relationship manager for the southeast region, Bishop Alberto Rojas, auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, Father Rafael Capo, director of the Southeast Pastoral Institute in Miami, and Carlos Flores, diocese of St. Petersburg.

On November 8, 70 Hispanic Catholic leaders from 28 states advocated on Capitol Hill to support Dreamers and refugees.

As part of the annual gathering of the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry, these leaders lived out their faith by urging Congress to pass the Dream Act and protect funding for migrants and refugees in the international affairs budget.

Vivi Iglesias noted that advocating on the Hill about crucial legislation for young Hispanic Dreamers and for lifesaving aid for migrants and refugees, those poor and vulnerable, are whom “we are called to serve by our baptism and the Gospel.”

The National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry’s meetings on Capitol Hill were in connection to the Share the Journey campaign.

On September 27, the Holy Father launched the Share the Journey campaign as an opportunity to come together as a community of faith, and open our arms to migrants and refugees. We invite you to join Pope Francis, and the Catholic community in the United States and around the world, as we share the journey of migrants and refugees through our prayers and advocacy.

On the campaign website, Sharejourney.org, you’ll find many opportunities to get involved. Plan a prayer service in your community, encounter your neighbor by reading their story, or take action using one of our advocacy alerts.