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JPR News

April 1, 2021

Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Office
Priests of the Sacred Heart, US Province
"Jesus, Immigrant and Worker" (the Catholic Worker)
There was no JPR newsletter in March -- immigration advocacy has pretty much taken up all my time since January, when the new administration opened the door to the possibility of the kind of reforms the U.S. Catholic Church has been supporting for decades, and it will stay my focus until my last day at the end of this month. (CCMR will continue under new leadership.)

I wanted to alert you to new actions and immigration news on the JPR website, which you can link to below. The time to raise our voices on behalf of migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers is now, and the window to make a difference in our nation's immigration policy will only last for a short time, over the coming weeks and months. We likely won't have another such opportunity for a long time.

And as we enter the the Holy Triduum, I wanted to share the translation below of the homily St. Oscar Romero was giving when he was killed. The anniversary of his martyrdom was week, but well in keeping with the spirit of Good Friday and Easter.

The next JPR News will be my last. Please keep the Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Commission and Provincial Council in prayer as they discern the next phase of JPR.

Have a blessed Holy Week!
Mark Peters

This is the homily Óscar Romero was delivering when he was killed

 
"You have just heard Christ's Gospel, that one must not love oneself so much as to avoid getting involved in the risks of life which history demands of us."

As archbishop of San Salvador, Óscar Romero advocated for the poor and worked for peace amid an escalating civil war. For this reason, he was assassinated as he concluded his homily on March 24, 1980. He was canonized by Pope Francis in 2018.
 
QUICK AND EASY ACTIONS
There are several new and continuing actions you can take on behalf of migrants and refugees currently on the JPR website, "Thy Kingdom Come." Visit our "Use Your Voice" page and take just a few minutes to make yours heard.
Immigration News
All immigration news is now being posted on the JPR website.  Articles are updated weekly.
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