Rally for fair treatment of immigrants

Most Rev. Joseph A. Galante, Bishop of Camden, along with other Camden faith leaders, will join community faithful Saturday, May 1, in a prayer rally in support of the fair and just treatment of immigrants.

Taking place at St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, 2907 Federal Street, Camden, at 4 p.m., the rally is the kick-off for the Weekend of Prayer for Immigrants.

The Diocese of Camden has partnered with six CCOP (Camden Churches Organized For People) congregations for a two-day event to urge public leaders in the U.S. Congress to do what is just and right for the immigrant communities, and to support immigration policies that respect the values of human life, human dignity, family unity, and humane enforcement policies.

Bishop Galante, the featured speaker at Saturday’s rally, will also urge the Camden Diocese churches to, the following day, pray for immigrants in particular during Masses, and for political leaders to make the right decisions.

He also has published an article on immigration reform in the April 30 edition of the Catholic Star Herald, the diocesan newspaper.

Among those participating will be members of Catholic parishes in Camden – St. Anthony of Padua, St. Bartholomew, St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral, and St. Joan of Arc, – and other churches in the city.

The rally will also include cultural dance, testimonies from individuals caught in the current immigration system, and a procession to the post office to send more than 2000 letters to public leaders.

The Weekend of Prayer for Immigrants is a nationwide initiative of the Justice for Immigrants campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more information, go to www.justiceforimmigrants.org.