Love Your Neighbor Campaign

Throughout the week of Valentine's Day, participate in the Love Your Neighbor Campaign by hosting a speaker, sending a valentine to your congresspersons, sharing love on social media, and/or organizing fair-trade chocolategrams.

About the Love Your Neighbor Campaign (organized by the Campaign for Hospitality):

Promoting a culture of hospitality builds on Pope Francis’s prioritization of migration throughout his pontificate. His first official visit outside of Rome in 2013 was to Lampedusa where he addressed migrants and humanitarian volunteers. During his address to Congress in 2015, he called on the U.S. to offer compassion and concern for those who migrate, saying, “We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners because most of us were once foreigners.” And in 2016, he visited the U.S.-Mexico border to celebrate mass and pray at the border, a visit that led to a more outspoken stance regarding the building of walls and marginalization of immigrant populations in the U.S.

Campaign for Hospitality also responds to the call of the Jesuits during their 36th General Congregation where they addressed the need for a spirit of hospitality stating, “In the face of attitudes hostile to these displaced persons, our faith invites the Society to promote everywhere a more generous culture of hospitality.” [Decree 1, 26] They noted that a message of hospitality is not only needed for those who migrate, but also for those “who have the necessities of life and live far from poverty,” that they too need “the message of hope and reconciliation, which frees them from fear of migrants and refugees.” [31]

Learn how you can participate and "love your neighbor," here!