Samantha Bowman, a seventh-grader at St. Stanislaus School in Meriden, describes artifacts on loan from the New Britain Youth Museum to first graders during a recent World Tour Exhibition at the school. Sixth- through eighth-grade students took an item or artifact from another nation to school along with an international food or beverage. The exhibition was open to parents, teachers and all students. The middle school students gave tours of the exhibit. The museum loaned an array of items from around the world, including a Chinese dragon mask, cowrie shells from Africa, lederhosen from Bavaria and coconut shell bowls from Brazil. (Photo submitted)
At the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip.
At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”