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8 October 6, 2017 THE U.P. CATHOLIC RESPECT LIFE www.upcatholic.org Pope Francis launches campaign to encounter and welcome migrants BY ELISE HARRIS CNA/EWTN NEWS On Sept. 27 Pope Francis announced a new initiative encouraging a culture of encounter and efforts to warmly welcome immigrants and refugees. The Share the Journey initiative is spon- sored by the global Catholic charities network Caritas Internationalis. The initiative is a two- year campaign dedicated to promoting both awareness and action on behalf of migrants and refugees, and helping them build connec- tions with local communities. Dont be afraid of sharing the journey. Don't be afraid of sharing hope, Pope Francis said during his weekly general audience in St. Peters Square Sept. 27. According to Caritas, the project was launched as a response to Pope Francis frequent call for a culture of encounter. The project also aims to shed light on both the challenges and effects of migration at every stage of the journey in order to promote a shift in thinking on the issue. It will have the support of the ACT Alliance, which is a network of 145 Christian agencies and a variety of oth- er religious congregations and civil society groups worldwide. As part of the project, Caritas will launch various action-based initiatives in the com- munities in which they are present through- out the world. Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, president of Caritas Internationalis, said he himself is an example of what young migrants can offer if given the opportunity. Whenever I hear news about the restric- tions or even some moves that might affect children, minors (who are) migrants, I re- member my grandfather, my maternal grand- father, Cardinal Tagle told CNA. He was born in China and his mother was widowed, and she in her desperation didnt know how to raise her child up into a decent life, so I suppose with a heavy heart, she decided to give away the child to an uncle, who was trying to do some trade in the Philip- pines. Cardinal Tagle explained that his grandfa- ther never went back to China, but thanks to people who received him, helped him, educat- ed him, he was able to contribute to society. In addition to his work, he was able to con- tribute a priest, a bishop, in my person, Car- dinal Tagle said. So watch out. The children that we might be rejecting might be giving valuable contributions to society. In a press conference announcing the Share the Journey initiative, Cardinal Tagle said world leaders should remember that we are all mi- grants. Nobody can claim to be a non-migrant, we are all passing in this world. Nobody is a permanent resi- dent, and no one can claim to own the space they occupy, he said, voicing his hope that there would be a universal conversion of mind on the issue. Acknowledging the fear that some might feel at having for- eigners enter their country, the cardinal said these fears often dissipate when people take the time to sit with immigrants and listen to their stories. You will see that they are like you and me, he said. Recalling how his grandfather came to the Philippines as a poor boy from China, he said, who would have thought he would have a cardinal for a grandson? Present alongside Cardinal Tagle at the press conference was Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, along the U.S. border with Mexico, as well as the director of Caritas Ethi- opia, Bekele Moges, and three young migrants from Africa. The migrants were Yancuba Darboe from Gambia, 21; Amadou Darboe from Senegal, 20; and Berete Ibrahima from Guinea, 23. 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