A letter from Pope Francis recognizing the work of youth ministry group Kino Teens will be read aloud to the public at an upcoming event at Lourdes Catholic School in Nogales, Arizona.
The Kino Teens and the Fr. Sean Carroll, SJ, executive director of the Kino Border Initiative, had written letters to the pope and made a video describing their work with migrants deported from the United States into Nogales, Sonora. In a letter to Fr. Carroll dated Dec. 19, Pope Francis passed along his “encouragement to (the Kino Teens) not to tire in their labor of edifying love of others and embrace against discrimination and exclusion.”
The pope also praised the teens for combatting “the propagation of stereotypes from people who only see in immigration a source of illegality, social conflict and violence.”
The letter will be read to the public in its entirety following a Eucharistic celebration at the school at 10:45 a.m. on Jan. 30.
The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is a binational organization that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. The KBI was inaugurated in January of 2009 by six organizations from the United States and Mexico: The California Province of the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Missionary Sisters of the Eucharist, the Mexican Province of the Society of Jesus, the Diocese of Tucson and the Archdiocese of Hermosillo. The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality. Its mission is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through: