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Share the Journey campaign urges Catholics to connect with migrants

A Rohingya refugee woman waited for aid with her grandson inside a temporary shelter Sept. 19 at a camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

WASHINGTON — A prayer here, a share on social media there, a voice of support in a letter to the editor, even a get-to-know-others potluck.

Supporting refugees and migrants can take many forms, and Pope Francis is hoping Catholics around the world will act over the next two years to encounter people on the move.

In the U.S., the Church's leading organizations have developed a series of activities, including prayers, that families, parishes, schools and individuals can undertake throughout the Share the Journey campaign the pope opened Sept. 27 at the Vatican.

Blessed Rother ‘an authentic light’ for Church and world, says cardinal

Blessed Stanley Rother’s sister, Sister Marita Rother, ASC, read the first reading during the beatification Mass for her brother Sept. 23 at Oklahoma City’s Cox Convention Center. Blessed Rother, a priest of the Oklahoma City Archdiocese, was murdered in 1981 in the Guatemalan village where he ministered.

OKLAHOMA CITY — If the martyrdom of Blessed Stanley Francis Rother "fills us with sadness," it also "gives us the joy of admiring the kindness, generosity and courage of a great man of faith," Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, said Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City.

The 13 years Blessed Rother spent as a missionary in Guatemala "will always be remembered as the glorious epic of a martyr of Christ, an authentic lighted torch of hope for the Church and the world," the cardinal said in his homily during the U.S. priest's beatification Mass.

Agencies organize efforts for relief in Puerto Rico

The Jesuits USA Central and Southern Province in St. Louis is accepting financial contributions to help two Jesuit parish and school communities in Puerto Rico hit hard by Hurricane Maria.

"Our school and parish communities need help to recover," a post on the province website reported. "Colegio San Ignacio, our secondary school in San Juan, received significant damage. We anticipate our families will have significant needs."

The Jesuits, faculty and staff are safe but communication from the island remained limited.

With prayer, Catholics in Puerto Rico deal with Hurricane Maria’s wrath

Karlian Mercado, 7, and her father, Carlos Flores, stood atop what remains of their home Sept. 24 in Hayales de Coamo, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage after Hurricane Maria passed through.

WASHINGTON — Authorities say it may take months for electricity to fully return to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island and its infrastructure as it made landfall Sept. 20.

When the hurricane hit the island with winds of up to 155 miles per hour, it tore out cables, roofs from homes and buildings, uprooted palm trees and even bent a cross anchored to a cement post at the entrance of a Jesuit school.

With prayer, Catholics in Puerto Rico deal with Hurricane Maria's wrath

Rescue workers prayed before walking out from the Emergency Operation Center in Guayama, Puerto Rico, after Hurricane Maria hit Sept. 20. The hurricane made landfall in Puerto Rico, bringing "catastrophic" 155 mph winds and dangerous storm surges, after battering the Virgin Islands.

WASHINGTON -- Authorities say it may take months for electricity to fully return to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria pummeled the island and its infrastructure as it made landfall Sept. 20.

When the hurricane hit the island with winds of up to 155 miles per hour, it tore out cables, roofs from homes and buildings, uprooted palm trees and even bent a cross anchored to a cement post at the entrance of a Jesuit school.

Blessed Rother 'an authentic light' for Church and world, says cardinal

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, delivered the homily during the beatification Mass for Blessed Stanley Rother Sept. 23 at Oklahoma City's Cox Convention Center. Blessed Rother, a priest of the Oklahoma City Archdiocese, was murdered in 1981 in the Guatemalan village where he ministered.

OKLAHOMA CITY -- If the martyrdom of Blessed Stanley Francis Rother "fills us with sadness," it also "gives us the joy of admiring the kindness, generosity and courage of a great man of faith," Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints' Causes, said Sept. 23 in Oklahoma City.

The 13 years Blessed Rother spent as a missionary in Guatemala "will always be remembered as the glorious epic of a martyr of Christ, an authentic lighted torch of hope for the Church and the world," the cardinal said in his homily during the U.S. priest's beatification Mass.

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