Los Angeles: Religious leaders call for prayer for migrant children

Posted Jul 10, 2014

Photo: Diocese of Los Angeles

[Episcopal News, Los Angeles] Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno is among religious and civic leaders who called for a weekend of prayer and compassion July 19-20 for more than 52,000 young children who are in United States custody after fleeing violence, murder and extortion by criminal gangs in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Bruno, along with Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño of the United Methodist Church, Robert K. Ross, president and CEO of The California Endowment, and Fred Ali of Weingart Foundation visited a temporary shelter at the naval base in Port Hueneme, California, where thousands of children are being housed since crossing the border in search of friends or relatives in the United States.

At a media conference in Los Angeles after the visit, the faith leaders called for a humanitarian response to the desperate conditions that cause the children – some as young as eight years old – to leave their homes. Bruno also praised federal officials for the quality of care being provided for the children. (A July 9 Los Angeles Times article about the group’s visit is here.)

“Jesus’ words are clear about people in need,” Bruno said in a statement. “‘Let the children come to me,’ he tells his disciples – also stating that those who provide food, shelter and clothing ‘to the least of these’ do so to Christ himself. We need to be the compassionate hands and heart of Jesus in serving all children, and especially to those held in detention on both sides of the Mexico – U.S. border. May God help us to show God’s own love and mercy to these little ones while calling our governments to work together for peace with justice.”


Comments (4)

  1. Christopher Lo says:

    “God of Abraham, who left his home, and of Ruth, the alien who left hers, your Son was also a refugee in Egypt. You have always commanded your people to welcome the homeless and the refugee. Forgive us when we put our own comfort above your command to do justice and love mercy. Defend we pray, those who are forced to leave behind their homes, their families, their careers and all that is familiar. May they find in us a welcome and a new homecoming, for the love of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.”

    1. Sgt. Moose Airborne says:

      I think that you need to personally take in 10 children to your home to take care of and pay for it on your own. I have raised my own and it is awfully easy to tell someone else what they need to do when you aren’t willing to do it yourself. “Social Justice” or stealing from one and giving to another is not what Jesus defined as Charity.

  2. Sgt. Moose Airborne says:

    A nation cannot survive with open borders and a welfare state.

  3. Bob Boyd says:

    Just FYI, this past Sunday, with the encouragement of the Bishop of San Diego, St. Paul’s Cathedral had several prayers read in support of the unaccompanied children. They were included with the prayers of the people. We also have been provided links to organizations that are helping care for these kids. I’m glad our diocese is joining LA and other Episcopal dioceses/organizations to provide aid and comfort to these unaccompanied children. The War on Kids by others in our country must end.

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