Chicago clergy gather in support of immigration reform

Friday, January 08, 2010

There was a big show of support for immigration reform Friday at Holy Name Cathedral.

A prayer service was held by a group called Priests for Justice for Immigrants. The event was held during national migration week to focus attention on legislation that Congress may consider this year.

Supporters pointed out that it has never been easy for immigrants to leave their homeland.

"<Mary and Joseph were themselves forced to flee their own town with their own child to seek security and a decent future," said Fr. Mike Shanahan, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes.

This week, the U.S. conference of Catholic bishops launched a campaign to urge Congress to act as soon as possible on immigration reform.

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