Migrants, refugees remembered at service

Choir members sang “In Christ there is no east or west” at the World Day for Migrants and Refugees Prayer Service at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth St., Sept. 25. (Record Photos by Jessica Able)

The Archdiocese of Louisville hosted the World Day for Migrants and Refugees Prayer Service at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth St.,  Sept. 25.

Father Martin Linebach, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Louisville, recalled Pope Francis’ words in his World Day of Migrants and Refugees message.

“Our world is witnessing a growing trend toward extreme individualism, which is producing a ‘globalization of indifference,’ ” Father Linebach said paraphrasing the Holy Father’s message.

“Migrants, refugees, displaced persons and victims of trafficking,” he continued “have become emblems of exclusion that remind us to take courage to not be afraid. It’s not just about migrants but about facing our fears.”

“It’s about charity, humanity seeing that no one is excluded. It’s about putting the last in first place. It is about the whole person. It is about all people. It is about building the city of God in humanity. It’s not only the cause of migrants that is at stake. It’s not only about them, but about all of us. It’s about the present future of the human family,” he said.

Following the service, congregants were invited to an international dinner in the Cathedral Undercroft.

The congregation sang the opening hymn “Partners in the mission” at the World Day for Migrants and Refugees Prayer Service at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth St., Sept. 25.

Eighth-graders of St. Francis of Assisi School sang the opening hymn “Partners in the mission” at the World Day for Migrants and Refugees Prayer Service at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth St., Sept. 25.

The congregation listened to Father Martin Linebach, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Louisville, during the World Day for Migrants and Refugees Prayer Service at the Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth St., Sept. 25.

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