Share the Journey has at its heart the vision of a united global human family. Our focus is on our joint journey as people on the move in departure, transit and host communities. Our public awareness campaign promotes opportunities and spaces for migrants and communities to come together and share stories and experiences with the aim of strengthening the bonds between migrants and communities.
Caritas Internationalis runs the campaign. We are a global confederation of 165 national development agencies. We are the charitable arm of the Catholic Church and our confederation works at diocesan, national, regional and international level on issues such as poverty, migration, climate change, hunger, health and emergencies.
Pope Francis will launch the campaign from Saint Peter’s Square on 27th September 2017. On that day he will invite everyone around the world to “Share the Journey” with refugees and migrants.
Pope Francis has made numerous appeals to promote the culture of encounter in an effort to combat the culture of indifference in the world today. It means seeing through the eyes of others rather than turning a blind eye. “Not just to see but to look. Not just to hear but to listen. Not just to meet and pass people by, but to stop. And don’t just say ‘what a shame, poor people,’ but allow ourselves to be moved by pity.” – Pope Francis.
Share the Journey starts on 27th September 2017 and runs until late 2019.
All Caritas member organisations are invited to promote the campaign at local and national level by organising events and activities. Local communities, bishops’ conferences and faith-based organisations are invited to support the campaign.
We want to contribute to the building of stronger communities and more inclusive societies. The campaign promotes “the culture of encounter”. We aim to increase the spaces and opportunities for migrants and communities to come together and learn about each other.
If you are passionate about migration and interested in what’s happening in our world, then this is a campaign where you can make a difference at all levels. This is an opportunity to share something of yourself and offer it up in exchange for friendship and a journey of discovery.
You can organise an event in your community. You can pray. You can advocate to your government on migration. You can share our materials on social media and take a ‘reach out’ photo in support of the campaign and share on your social media accounts using #sharejourney. You can donate to migration projects through your diocesan or national Caritas.
Our campaign action guide will help you mobilise your community, your school or your parish. Other resources which will help you promote the campaign are available here.