Caritas Global Week of Action 2019

 VATICAN CITY - Caritas’ Share the Journey Campaign aims to use the creative arts to promote deeper understanding of migration for the charity’s Global Week of Action 2019.

 The week runs from September 29th – the Vatican’s 105th annual World Day of Migrants and Refugees – until October 6th

 Caritas groups worldwide will host artistic events and activities for the Global Week of Action 2019, sparking a Global Wave of Action to follow over the next two years of the Share the Journey Campaign.

 The activities, some of which have already begun, include writing, publishing, filming and the visual arts. 

 Caritas has also created a downloadable image of a collage comprising hundreds of faces, into which supporters can paste the images they choose and use in their campaigning. Pope Francis – a descendant of migrants – pasted in a picture of his parents’ wedding in Argentina, and Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, added a photograph of his child migrant grandfather.

 Cardinal Tagle said he found the experience very moving –

 “When I held that small image of my grandfather – sent by his struggling family from China to the Philippines to escape poverty – and added him to the Caritas collage, I felt the huge emotion of the migration story. As humans we have migrated so many times together and I felt like I was connecting him to those many journeys. Even a simple artistic action like this is very powerful,” he said.

 Share the Journey was launched by Pope Francis in September 2017 as part of Caritas’ response to Francis’ vision of a “culture of encounter,” bringing migrants, refugees and host communities closer together to strengthen them, confront prejudice and to recognise our common humanity.

 Hence, the theme of artistic creativity for the Global Week of Action 2019, as it is something all humans have in common – be it painting, music, drama, writing or any other act of imaginative expression – which Caritas hopes will help people to reconnect and come together.