U.S. and Mexican Bishops Promote Solidarity

WASHINGTON, D.C., JUNE 19, 2005 (Zenit.org).- The first bi-national conference on migration organized by the bishops of Mexico and the United States will draw Church and government officials.

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, Luis Derbez, Mexico’s foreign minister, and U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas will headline the conference to be held June 23-26 in El Paso, Texas.

“Strangers No Longer: Together of the Journey of Hope” is the title of the conference that will build on a pastoral letter of the same name on migration issued jointly by the bishops’ conferences of Mexico and the United States in 2003.

“In ‘Ecclesia in America,’ Pope John Paul II called for a ‘globalization of solidarity among the peoples of the Americas,'” said the organizing bishops in a statement.

“The purpose of our conference is to build fellowship and solidarity among the bishops, diocesan staff, and supporters of the church in both Mexico and the United States,” the statement said.