Ten years ago, Catholic bishops of the United States and Mexico began to meet informally to discuss mutual concerns regarding increased migration between the two neighboring countries. Troubled by migrant deaths, family separation, and other human consequences of migration, the bishops came together and issued the joint pastoral statement Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope in January 22, 2003.
In honor of the 10th anniversary of the joint Mexican/US pastoral letter, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops hosted a forum and book release for On Strangers No Longer: Perspectives on the Historic U.S.-Mexican Bishop’s Pastoral Letter on Migration. This new book includes essays by theologians, legal scholars, and policy experts in the field of migration on major themes addressed in the pastoral letter. It also provides insights into the historical, pastoral, and theological foundations for the Church’s teaching in this area.
Contributors to the volume – including CMS’s Executive Director Donald Kerwin – discussed the impact of the pastoral letter over the last ten years and their individual topics. The discussion also focused on the letter’s relevance to today’s national immigration debate.
Most Reverend John C. Wester
Bishop of Salt Lake City
Chairman of USCCB’s Committee on Communications