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Border Bishop sends Pastoral Letter on Migration

In this Saturday, June 24, 2017 photo, Martina Insuriaga greets her husband Leonel Insuriaga in the Rio Grande riverbed on the Mexico and U.S. border. (Rudy Gutierrez/The El Paso Times via AP) - AP

In this Saturday, June 24, 2017 photo, Martina Insuriaga greets her husband Leonel Insuriaga in the Rio Grande riverbed on the Mexico and U.S. border. (Rudy Gutierrez/The El Paso Times via AP) - AP

22/07/2017 10:07

(Vatican Radio) Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, has issued a new pastoral letter to his flock on the issue of migration.

In his letter, Bishop Seitz denounces “narratives that paint our border as a place of chaos, and violence”; and calls for comprehensive immigration reform.”

He assures migrants that the Church “stands with them,” and calls on the priests and people of the diocese to continue to work actively to help migrants – both in their spiritual and material needs, and through advocacy in the community. And he assures community leaders that the Church stands ready to work together with men and women of good will to respond to issues arising from migration.

The pastoral letter from Bishop Seitz preceded by two days a letter to members of the United States Senate from the chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice, Florida.

Click below to hear Bishop Seitz speak with Vatican Radio about his Pastoral Letter

22/07/2017 10:07