Sign ISN’s letter to members of Congress calling for humane migration policies in Mexico and Central Americas, as well as work toward immigration reform grounded in human dignity here in the U.S.
Solidarity With Our Brothers & Sisters
Pope Francis will make his first official trip to Mexico, which includes an historic visit to the U.S.- Mexico border on Wednesday, February 17th. His presence there will highlight the grave injustices facing those who migrate throughout Central and North America.
Join the Ignatian network in standing with Pope Francis in solidarity with our migrant brothers & sisters:
Across the country schools, parishes, small faith groups, religious communities, etc. will be hosting masses and prayer services in solidarity with Pope Francis’s visit to the border.
On Wednesday, February 17th join with Pope Francis via livestream for the Mass on the Border.
- Francis issues blunt warnings, broad vision in manifesto to Mexican bishops (National Catholic Reporter)
- Aboard Plane Home from Mexico, Pope Francis Responds to Questions on Donald Trump (America Magazine)
- When Pope Francis Looks Back at Mexico Trip he sees Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic News Agency)
- Pope Francis Entreats Mexico’s Youth to Resist Call of Drug Cartels (The New York Times)
- Pope Francis finds himself in US immigration debate after Mexico visit (The Guardian)
Pepe Ruiz, S.J., a Jesuit of the U.S. Central Southern Province and originally from Mexico will be in Ciudad Juárez for the Pope’s visit and will be offering blog reflections on the visit throughout the week.
The Ignatian Solidarity Network is calling on partner institutions across the country to organize masses or prayer services in parallel with Pope Francis’s Mass on the U.S.-Mexico Border on Wednesday, February 17th.
With Pope Francis, communities can pray for a more just approach to migration and immigration in Central America, Mexico, and the United States.
Masses and prayer services can take place throughout the week of February 15th, but we are hopeful to have as many as possible on the day of the border Mass, which will take place on Wednesday, February 17th at 4 PM MT (6 PM EASTERN, 5 PM CENTRAL, 3 PM PACIFIC).
To have your Mass or prayer service included on the map below and shared throughout the Ignatian network, please send an e-mail with the name of your church/school/etc., date and time, and location to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Letter (en español)
Dear Member of Congress:
We write to you today as members of a national network of Jesuit institutions, inspired by Pope Francis’s prophetic global leadership.
This month Pope Francis will make his first official trip to Mexico, which includes an historic visit to the U.S.- Mexico border. His presence there will highlight the violence, extreme poverty and human rights violations that have forced so many people to flee their homes on a perilous search for safety and freedom abroad. The Pope’s visit to the border will serve to remind the U.S. of the inherent dignity of the 11 million humans living in our country without documentation. These are our neighbors—people who make invaluable contributions to our communities and economy, but who are nonetheless forced to live in the shadows of society.
In solidarity with Pope Francis, we ask that you commit to humane policies that respond to the realities of our hemisphere. We urge you to support legislative actions that:
- Use U.S. influence for good in Mexico and Central America by insisting on the protection of human rights, accountability, good governance, anti-corruption mechanisms, and fair trade and labor standards;
- Ensure that U.S. policy respects the right to family unity, which would mark a major step toward overhauling our broken immigration system;
- End U.S. support for Mexico’s interceptions of Central Americans fleeing violence and require Mexico to uphold its international and domestic legal obligations to refugees;
- End border militarization and inhumane immigration enforcement actions, including the recent nationwide raids conducted by the Obama Administration that have harmed vulnerable children and families.
In the Jesuit tradition of serving those in need, we call on you to respond to Pope Francis’s historic action by working for migration policies that respect the rights and dignity of both immigrants and refugees.
Sign the Letter
February 12, 2016
Arrival to Mexico
February 13, 2016
Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Meeting with Mexican Bishops
February 14, 2016
Holy Mass with representatives of the indigenous communities of Chiapas
Visit to the “Federico Gómez” children’s hospital
Mass at the Study Center of Ecatepec
February 15, 2016
Meeting with families in the “Víctor Manuel Reyna” stadium in Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Visit to the Cathedral of San Cristóbal de las Casas
February 16, 2016
Visit to the Morelia Cathedral
Mass with priests, men and women religious, consecrated people and seminarians
Meeting with young people in the “José María Morelos y Pavón” stadium
February 17, 2016
Farewell ceremony at the International Airport of Ciudad Juárez
Meeting with the world of labour at the Bachilleres College in the state of Chihuahua
Visit to the Ciudad Juárez penitentiary