Yesterday, our partners at the Jesuit-supported Kino Border Initiative (pictured above), joined communities on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales to celebrate a common Mass across borders. This was the final Mass in a series of three organized by Dioceses without Borders, a collaborative effort of the Dioceses of Phoenix, Tucson, and Nogales, to recall that despite the divisiveness we so often hear, we are one Church called to unity, mercy, and compassion.
As the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre said during the mass:
Borders exist all over the world, and border are not bad, but borders should not be just a barrier – should not be a wall – but should be a bridge between people…Anything that goes in the direction of understanding, helping each other, discovering the beauty of the other is what is necessary to convert hearts and transform the world. It’s time to break the obstacles that exist between people.
We seek policies that strengthen standards for the humane treatment of migrants, including fair consideration of asylum-seekers’ claims and ensuring that families are kept together in the detention and deportation process. And we want to ensure those standards are upheld.
Thank you for joining us as we lift our voices for justice at the border!
[PHOTO SOURCE: Elizabeth O’Connell via Twitter]