Extensions and Activities

Pope Francis’ 2018 Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Explain to students that they are going learn about four ways Pope Francis calls us to respond to the issue of migration today.

  1. Divide the students into 4 groups.
  2. Play the audio report report from Vatican Radio on Pope Francis’ 2018 Message for the World Day of Migrants
  3. Give each group a verb: Welcome, Protect, Promote, Integrate
  4. Play the radio report again, telling the groups to listen close about what the Pope said about the verb they were given for a shared response to migration.

In their small groups, have students:

  1. Discuss what they heard in the news report about the verb you were assigned. Use dictionaries to look up what the word means
  2. Make a poster that shows what each word means and present it to their classmates

For deeper exploration, students can read the 2018 Message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

Discussion Questions for the US Bishops’ Statement on Migration

In 2000, the USCCB put out the statement Welcoming The Stranger Among Us: Unity In Diversity. In small groups, have students review the following questions and then read the Bishops’ statement to find the answers.

What are some of the challenges the Bishops describe in this letter?

Why should we respond? What is it in our faith and the Catholic Church that calls us to respond to these issues?

What are practical ways the Bishops describe to address these challenges?

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