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Group of US bishops to offer Mass for those who died in attempt to cross border

March 07, 2014

Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston will join local bishops and the bishops who serve on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration in offering Mass for those who have died attempting to cross the border between Mexico and the United States.

The Mass will take place on April 1 at the border wall in Nogales, Arizona.

“Those who have died-- and those deported each day-- have the same value and innate God-given dignity as all persons, yet we ignore their suffering and their deaths,” said Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, who chairs the Committee on Migration.

“The US-Mexico border is our Lampedusa,” he added, referring to the Italian island that Pope Francis visited in order to highlight the plight of migrants and refugees.


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