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St. James Cathedral Immigrant Assistance has an opening for an Immigration Legal Services Coordinator. Duties include assisting clients with applications for immigration benefits. Must be able to acquire accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals and have reliable transportation. Previous BIA accreditation or paralegal experience desired. 40 hours per week with a generous benefits package. Open until filled. To apply, contact Christopher Koehler at ckoehler@stjames-cathedral.org for a job description, application form, and application questions.

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Message of His Holiness Pope Francis
for the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2021

27 September 2021
Towards An Ever Wider "We"

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Fratelli Tutti In the Encyclical Fratelli Tutti, I expressed a concern and a hope that remain uppermost in my thoughts: "Once this health crisis passes, our worst response would be to plunge even more deeply into feverish consumerism and new forms of egotistic self-preservation. God willing, after all this, we will think no longer in terms of 'them' and 'those', but only 'us'" (No. 35).

For this reason, I have wished to devote the Message for this year's World Day of Migrants and Refugees to the theme, Towards An Ever Wider "We", in order to indicate a clear horizon for our common journey in this world.

A Church that is more and more "catholic"

For the members of the Catholic Church, this appeal entails a commitment to becoming ever more faithful to our being "catholic", as Saint Paul reminded the community in Ephesus: "There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Eph 4:4-5).

In our day, the Church is called to go out into the streets of every existential periphery in order to heal wounds and to seek out the straying, without prejudice or fear, without proselytising, but ready to widen her tent to embrace everyone. Among those dwelling in those existential peripheries, we find many migrants and refugees, displaced persons and victims of trafficking, to whom the Lord wants his love to be manifested and his salvation preached. "The current influx of migrants can be seen as a new 'frontier' for mission, a privileged opportunity to proclaim Jesus Christ and the Gospel message at home, and to bear concrete witness to the Christian faith in a spirit of charity and profound esteem for other religious communities. The encounter with migrants and refugees of other denominations and religions represents a fertile ground for the growth of open and enriching ecumenical and interreligious dialogue" (Address to the National Directors of Pastoral Care for Migrants, 22 September 2017).

Read Pope Francis' full message at:
Message for the 107th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, 2021 | Francis (vatican.va)

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