Bishop supports Welcoming City Resolution

Memorandum Office of Bishop Richard E. Pates

To: Priests, Deacons and Sisters of the Diocese of Des Moines
Presidents and Principals of Catholic Schools
Staff of the Pastoral Center
From: Bishop Richard E. Pates
Date: June 28, 2017

Re: Supporting the Welcoming City Resolution

We have an opportunity to act on our belief that in the immigrant we encounter the face of Christ. I invite you to stand with people of good will in our community – including local law enforcement, educators, business leaders and other faith communities – to support
the immigrant by endorsing the Welcoming City Resolution.

The Welcoming City Resolution has come as a result of conversation in the Des Moines metro community between local law enforcement and community leadership over the last several months.

The principle behind the resolution, which is currently before Des Moines metro area city councils, is that, “Des Moines would be best served by striving to be a city that works on multiple levels to create inclusive policies that make life easier for local economies to thrive and for newcomers to navigate government systems.”

Having reviewed the initiative, I am able to offer the support of the Diocese of Des Moines and ask you to join me by adding your endorsement. Moreover, I invite you to share this opportunity with your parishioners, faculty or staff and ask them to lend their full support.

You can sign the petition at to provide your support and urge municipal leadership around the metro to adopt this resolution. In closing, let me reiterate what my brother bishops have taught, “We call upon all people of good will, but Catholics especially, to welcome the newcomers in their neighborhoods and schools, in their places of work and worship, with heartfelt hospitality, openness, and eagerness both to help and to learn from our brothers and sisters of whatever religion, ethnicity, or background.” Welcoming the Stranger Among Us: Unity in Diversity, A Statement of the U.S. Catholic Bishops

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