Record Staff Report
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz released a video Sept. 27 inviting Catholics in the Archdiocese of Louisville “to share a journey.”
“Share the Journey” is a two-year campaign launched by Pope Francis and sponsored by Caritas Internationalis, the global network of national Catholic charities — including the U.S. Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA — to promote encounters between people on the move and people living in the countries they are leaving, passing through or arriving in.
In the video, Archbishop Kurtz said Pope Francis’ initiative — Share the Journey — is a call “to treat people with dignity, to welcome people and to always seek just laws.”
“We are responding to Pope Francis’ request that for the next two years, beginning on Sept. 27, 2017, we will walk with immigrants and refugees throughout the world,” the archbishop said in the video.
The church, he said, “at our best has always been a church that welcomes and walks with.”
Share the Journey is meant to urge Catholics to understand and get to know refugees and migrants who have fled poverty, hunger, violence, persecution and the effects of climate change in their homeland.