Water and food is left for migrants from Mexico in the Arizona desert in 2012. Cardinal O'Malley and bishops from the U.S.-Mexico border area will celebrate a Mass in Nogales, Ariz. April 1 to remember close to 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998. CNS photo/Jim West
BOSTON -- Cardinal Seán O'Malley and bishops who serve on the U.S.-Mexico border will join members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration in Arizona next week to remember the deaths of migrants in the U.S. desert and to pray for immigration reform.
Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona, will host the delegation that will meet in Nogales, Ariz. from March 30- April 1 to tour the U.S.-Mexico border area. The gathering will conclude with a Mass celebrated at 9 a.m. April 1 remembering the close to 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998.
The trip follows the example of Pope Francis, who, in his first trip outside of Rome, traveled to the Italian island of Lampedusa to remember African migrants who died attempting to reach Europe. During that trip, Pope Francis spoke about the "globalization of indifference" toward migrants and decried the "throwaway culture" that disposes of human beings in the pursuit of wealth.
Cardinal O'Malley spoke about his upcoming trip in his remarks at the Anti-Defamation League Nation of Immigrants Seder held March 23 in Boston.
"In the coming weeks I will join a delegation from the United States Catholic Bishops Conference for a Mass and other events on the border with Mexico, to raise awareness of the plight of so many who seek to come to America," Cardinal O'Malley said.