This Latino Leader Gathering for young Latino Catholics will respond to twin crises faced in Latino communities right now: the injustice and racism revealed by the death of George Floyd and the outrage it has created, as well as the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on Latino and other communities of color, with families, neighborhoods, and parishes hit hard by the disease as well as the economic disarray that comes with it. As COVID-19 disrupts education and endangers jobs, Latinos are turning to their faith and families to help bear these heavy burdens. The country is also coming to a new understanding of what it means to be an essential worker, and how much immigrants contribute to our economy and culture, as migrants at the border and elsewhere face dangerous and frightening conditions. In response to these crises, Pope Francis continues to call us to resist the “throwaway culture” that treats the vulnerable as less important and to remember “the next-door saints” among us.
Justice and Faith, Family and Community: Latino Leadership in a Time of Crisis
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