The Joy of Easter and the Promise of Immigration Reform

Happy Easter to you and your loved ones! We are inspired by the Holy Father’s homily on Easter Sunday calling for peace throughout our troubled world. “Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.”  Pope Francis’ message reinvigorates our hope for a renewed peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians, an end to conflict in Sudan and South Sudan, in Syria, in the Democratic Republic of Congo and elsewhere.

This week, we also see signs of hope for enactment of comprehensive immigration reform in our country. Imitating Jesus, we as the Church are called to be a beacon of light for the world and in the process dispel the darkness, wherever it might be. The image of light overcoming darkness has parallels with debates on immigration.

Undocumented migrants are often thought of as “living in the shadows” and “on the margins of society” and are thus particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. Bringing them out of the shadows and integrating them fully into our communities is an important step towards upholding their dignity and helping them realize their God-given potential.

Please stay tuned for more information about upcoming immigration reform legislation. Until then, please take action in support of comprehensive immigration reform and if you can, join others in Washington, DC on April 10 for a special Mass in support of immigrant families.

May the joy of this Easter season be with you and your loved ones,
Your Catholics Confront Global Poverty Team

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