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Bishop Burbidge Encourages National Migration Week Reflection

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For more than 25 years, the U.S. Catholic Church has observed National Migration Week, providing the faithful with an opportunity to prayerfully reflect upon the wide diversity of our Church and to learn more about the complex issues surrounding migration. National Migration Week is celebrated the first week of the New Year. This year’s theme is Renewing Hope, Seeking Justice.  

In his 2011 World Day of Migrants and Refugees message, Pope Benedict XVI focuses on the plight of migrant families. The United States bishops are also calling attention to the family by pointing to the stresses and strains that immigration has on the family structure, noting that one of the main root causes of migration is the economic underdevelopment of nations, which results in the failure of its citizens to provide for basic and essential needs.

In a letter marking National Migration Week, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge encourages the faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh to study the teaching of the Church on the issue of migration, including the role of the State to regulate migration flow, as well as to protect its borders.

Bishop Burbidge extends hope that through study and understanding of Catholic teaching on the issue, we will remember “that we all comprise the one human family of God.”