Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity
Issued by NCCB/USCCB, November 15, 2000; Copyright © 2000, United States Catholic Conference, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Unity in diversity is the vision that the bishops, as pastors of the Church in the United States, offer to their people as they welcome the new immigrants and refugees who come to our shores. In the past thirty-five years the number and variety of immigrants coming to the United States have provided a great challenge for us all.
Previous immigrants had come predominantly
but many of the new immigrants come from
Though a good number come as skilled workers and professionals,
the greater number come as
- refugees and immigrants on the edge of survival;
- large numbers join families already here;
- others arrive without proper documents.
Many were forced to leave their homeland
because of a well-founded fear of persecution.
of ethnicity, education, and social class challenges us to welcome these new immigrants and help them join our communities in ways that are respectful of their cultures and in ways that mutually enrich the immigrants and the receiving Church.