Cardinal, bishop support fast for immigration reform
December 13, 2013
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In the presence of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, Rev. Al Sharpton, and others, activists who had fasted for immigration reform for three weeks ended their fast and “passed the fast on” to others, according to NBC Latino and a Washington Post article.
“Bless those who are finishing their fast today and protect and be with those who are beginning their fast,” Cardinal McCarrick, the retired Archbishop of Washington, prayed. “May their acts of sacrifice inspire the elected leaders of our nation to act on behalf of immigrants and their families.”
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the Franciscan Action Network, and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious have joined over two dozen other organizations in sponsoring the Fast for Families, a fast for immigration reform in which participants “vow to abstain from sustenance.”
Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City invited Utah’s Catholics to join him in fasting for immigration reform. “I urge my fellow Catholics in Utah to join in solidarity with me and immigration reform leaders in the ‘Fast for Families.’”
“I will join the fast from Utah,” he added, “each of the Fridays in Advent. I hope many of you will do the same.”
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- Join Bishop John Wester in the FAST for Families (Justice for Immigrants)
- Activists end immigration fast as thousands of others take up the cause (The Washington Post)
- Activists end fast without an immigration vote; new fasters take over (NBC Latino)
- Catholic organizations sponsor fast for immigration reform (CWN, 11/12)
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