Robert Ellsberg

A LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER, ROBERT ELLSBERG - September 2018

Pope Francis established his concern for the plight of migrants and refugees on his very first trip outside of Rome after his election. On the Island of Lampedusa, where he said Mass in memory of the thousands who have died at sea, he deplored the “culture of indifference” and asked, “Has any of us wept because of this situation.... Have any of us wept?” His Lampedusa sermon is among the many texts featured A Stranger and You Welcomed Me: A Call to Mercy and Solidarity with Migrants and Refugees. For Pope Francis this is not simply one among many issues. It goes straight to the core of the Gospel: Jesus calls us to recognize the “other,” the least among us, as a brother, a sister—as a child of God like ourselves. Cardinal Joseph Tobin in his Foreword points out clearly what is at stake: “Refugees and migrants risk losing their lives. The rest of us could lose our souls.”

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