Pope Francis to launch “Share the Journey” campaign

His Holiness Pope Francis will launch Caritas Internationalis’ “Share the Journey”, a worldwide campaign on migration during his General Audience at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Rome time (4:30 p.m. in Manila).

The “Share the Journey” campaign is an invitation of the Holy Father to peoples and communities to “reach out” to migrants and refugees. It will promote opportunities and spaces for migrants and communities to come together and share stories and experiences. It also aims to strengthen the bonds between migrants and communities.

According to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle, President of Caritas Internationalis, the “Share the Journey” is a response of Caritas to Pope Francis’ numerous campaign to promote the culture of encounter in an effort to combat the culture of indifference in the world today.

In his invitation to the faithful, Cardinal Tagle emphasized that the worldwide campaign will recognize and understand the millions of refugees and migrants who leave their country to escape war and work abroad.

“Through Share the Journey we hope to dispel fear and understand why so many people are leaving their homes at this time of history. We also want to inspire communities to build relationships with refugees and migrants.  We want to shine a light and lead the way.  Migration is a very old story but our campaign aims to help communities see it with new eyes and an open heart.”

Expected to promote the said campaign are the 165 members of Caritas Internationalis and will be supported by the ACT Alliance, a coalition of 146 churches and faith-based organizations working together in over 100 countries and a variety of religious congregations and civil society group.


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