Today I depart for Ethiopia in order to visit the many refugees and refugee centers in several areas of the country.
I am going with the superb staff of Catholic Relief Services [CRS] and will be posting photos and commentary during these days in Ethiopia.
As you know, immigrants and refugees hold a special place in the heart, soul, and ministry of Pope Francis. He always encourages us to bring to people on the periphery "closeness" and "accompaniment." I hope to do that in his name.
May God continue to inspire all of us, disciples of Jesus, to be alert for the most needy in our midst, and to reach out to them in his name.