VATICAN - Share the Journey: fight fear by walking with migrants and refugees

Saturday, 20 October 2018 migrants   refugees   solidarity   caritas  

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila and President of Caritas Internationalis, invites communities of citizens all over the world to fight hatred and fear with a million-year march of solidarity worldwide kilometers, alongside migrants and refugees. The worldwide pilgrimage is an initiative that arises in the context of the migration awareness campaign titled Share the Journey, "Let's share the journey".
"The big challenge in this time of harsh divisions - said Cardinal Tagle - is to oppose a rhetoric of fear and hate with actions of love, kindness and mercy, such as the ones proposed in our Share the Journey campaign".
The Rome walk is one of many being organised around the world, and Cardinal Tagle will officially launch the Share the Journey global pilgrimage on Sunday 21st October in Rome.
Caritas organisations in Chile, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and the USA have already started to walk with migrants and refugees. Many others are planning pilgrimages. There are national Caritas organisations in over 160 countries worldwide.
The campaign, promoted by Caritas Internationalis, was launched by Pope Francis on 27 September 2017 and lasts two years. Share the Journey aims to bring communities closer together with migrants and refugees by organising spaces and opportunities for the “culture of encounter. A first step to build more united and inclusive societies. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 20/10/2018)