How to Engage with Papal Visit to Mexico

As Pope Francis visits Mexico, the Ignatian Solidarity Network has recently published a plethora of resources to foster engagement with the Apostolic Journey. Including the hashtag #Pope2Border and a link to the official schedule of the visit, ISN introduced a number of ways to get involved:

  1. Send a Message to Congress: Anyone can sign ISN’s letter to Congress, which calls for humane migration policies in Mexico and Central America, as well as comprehensive immigration reform based on human dignity in the U.S..
  2. Host a Mass or Prayer Service: Schools, parishes, small faith groups, religious communities, etc. are all invited to host Masses or prayer services in solidarity with Pope Francis’s visit. Learn more here.
  3. Experience the Mass via Livestream: All are invited to join Pope Francis via Livestream for Mass on the Border at 6:00 p.m. ET on February 17.

How will your college or university be engaging with the Papal visit to Mexico? Let us know! 

Response to the Refugee Situation

The ACCU President and many presidents of ACCU member colleges and universities have signed a letter of support drawing attention to the child refugee crisis. This letter, The Plight of Child Refugees Tests the American Character: A Statement by Catholic Higher Education Leaders, highlights the urgency and the desperation of the situation of child refugees, drawing attention to our duty as a nation and as Catholics to care for the most vulnerable. Presidents of Catholic colleges and universities pledge to support child refugees, especially by raising awareness of the issue on campus.

ACCU and its member colleges were recently featured in an Inside Higher Ed article which drew attention to the letter of support.   Additionally, Catholic organizations have orchestrated humanitarian responses, created children’s services resources, and have created material to raise awareness about the refugee children and their situation.

Humanitarian Responses to Children Refugees

The Franciscan Action Network shares stories and resources about the refugee crisis in Central America. The Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and US Jesuit Conference researched the migration trends over the last decade and put together the following video explaining what is driving people to flee for their lives:

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities in Syracuse, NY also released a statement of their “complete support of humanitarian efforts to assist  children entering the United States from Central America.” Read the full statement here.