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CATHOLIC CAMPAIGN FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM - LAS POSADAS
Early Morning Pilgrimage to Start from Broadview Detention Center

Chicago, IL (December 15, 2009) – Members of the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform, the Priests for Justice for Immigrants and the Sisters and Brothers of Immigrants will hold a symbolic search for shelter called La Posada – the Inn that offers hope, justice and human dignity for all immigrants – beginning at 7 a.m. on Friday, December 18, outside the Broadview Detention Center, 1930 South Beach Avenue in Broadview.

Following a rosary and prayer vigil, an Advent statement that will emphasize the challenges and hopes of the ongoing journey of immigrants will be delivered by Fr. Tony Pizzo, pastor of St. Rita Cascia Parish in Chicago.  Participants will then make a two-mile journey with two brief stops along 25th Street at Oak Street and on Lake Avenue where choirs will perform Advent selections and petitions a ritual depicting the welcoming of the stranger with love will be enacted.  The pilgrimage will reach Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 1101 North 23rd Avenue in Melrose Park at 8:45 a.m. where a celebration will take place. Pilgrims will also receive postcards as part of a legislative campaign that will be launched in January 2010 by the national office of Justice for Immigrants of the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform.

The Archdiocese of Chicago and its bishops, priests and religious congregations have long been a voice for immigrants, particularly since the U.S. bishops established its Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform in May 2005. The purpose then and now is to educate Catholics and the general public about the need for comprehensive immigration reform and to influence legislation for a permanent and fair solution to immigration issues in this country.  Since December 2006, supporters of the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform have prayed the rosary outside the Broadview Detention Center every Friday morning at 7:15 a.m. as a witness of faith and solidarity.

More information about Las Posadas is available in English, Spanish and Polish in the Advent Resources on the Archdiocesan website, www.archchicago.org under Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform.  A directory of Posadas taking place at ninety parishes across Cook and Lake counties is also found on the Archdiocesan web site.  For more information about these events and other immigration efforts of the Archdiocese of Chicago, visit www.archchicago.org/immigration, or contact Elena Segura, Director of the Office for Immigrant Affairs and Immigration Education at 312-534-5333 or esegura@archchicago.org.

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