Media Center

Welcome to the Media Center.  Here you will find the latest news and information from the companion effort in the U.S. to Caritas Internationalis’ “Share the Journey” initiative launched by Pope Francis on September 27, 2017. Press releases, news coverage, spokespeople and media contacts are at your fingertips, as well as background information on the causes of migration and what is being done to address the problem.

Available Resources

Media Releases

U.S. Catholics Call for a Week of Prayer and Action in Solidarity with Migrants and Refugees as Part of the “Share the Journey” Campaign

US Catholics Join with Pope Francis in Campaign to “Share the Journey”

Pope Francis Invites You to Share the Journey


Share the Journey Campaign – Frequently Asked Questions


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Media Contacts

Nikki Gamer
Media Relations Manager, CRS

Judy Keane
Director of Public Affairs, USCCB

Patricia (Trish) Cole
Vice President, Communications
Catholic Charities USA

Mark Priceman
Communications Manager, USCCB/MRS

In the News

June 2018

Local refugees and displaced individuals share their stories, Catholic Courier, Diocese of Rochester

May 2018

It left me profoundly changed. Solidarity pilgrimage to McAllen, TX. Catholic Star Herald, Diocese of South Jersey
Cardinal Tagle speaks about “Share the Journey” with migrants  In a video interview, Cardinal Tagle talks about migration and the teaching and action of the Catholic Church in this regard.

April 2018

Salvadoran bishops visit US to ask that migrant protections be restored, Catholic News Agency
Carbondale Groups hold “Welcoming the Stranger” discussion with local Immigrants.  WSIL, ABC TV

February 2018

Cardinal Tagle says everyone has a little migrant in their soul.  Catholic News Service

November 2017

Sharing the Journey With the World’s Refugees. The documentary Human Flow tackles the global crisis. National Catholic Register

October 2017

September 2017

“Don’t be afraid!” Pope starts campaign to promote migrants, Associated Press, Washington Post, ABC News

The pope’s Share the Journey campaign recognizes the plight of millions, The Hill

Vatican Urges Politicians to Defend Migrants, Not Stereotype Them, New York Times

Let Us Share the Journey of Refugees, Huffington Post

‘Share the journey,’ embrace migrants, refugees, pope says, Catholic News Service

U.S. Church joins Francis’s “Share the Journey” campaign for migrants and refugees, Crux 

Share the Journey campaign urges Catholics to connect with migrants, National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis launches Caritas campaign to assist victims of forced migration, America

‘Share the journey,’ embrace migrants, refugees, pope says, Our Sunday Visitor

How the US Church is ‘sharing the journey’ with immigrants, EWTN

As U.N. General Assembly convenes, a progress report on world’s refugees. By Kevin Clarke, America Magazine.

Un respaldo a los refugiados — Thomas G. Wenski, Archbishop of Miami

August 2017

Pope to faithful, ‘Share the Journey’ with migrants, South Texas Catholic

“Share the Journey” Campaign for Refugees Announced, The Quandrangle

‘Share the Journey, by Archbishop Thomas Wenski

Attitudes on Refugees Can Change If We ‘Share the Journey, by Archbishop Thomas Wenski

July 2017

Catholic Charities Want People to Hear Migrants’ Stories, Crux


Bill O’Keefe, Vice President, Government Relations and Advocacy, CRS

Bill O’Keefe oversees Catholic Relief Services’ efforts to change U.S. foreign policy in ways that promote justice and reduce poverty overseas. This involves lobbying Congress and the Administration on a range of foreign policy issues and educating Catholics in the United States about international issues and involving them in public campaigns for policy change.



Caroline Brennan, Senior Communications Officer, CRS Global Humanitarian Response Team

Caroline Brennan serves as an emergency correspondent from the frontlines of crises in some of the most devastated parts of our world, from upheaval in the Middle East to catastrophic natural disasters in Nepal and the Philippines. Caroline has worked across four continents and 22 countries, documenting people’s pursuits to overcome adversity and lead empowered lives.



Jean Biel, Senior Vice President for Programs and Services, Catholic Charities USA

As the Senior Vice President for Programs and Services since 2005, Jean Beil, is responsible for program development, implementation and evaluation for Catholic Charities USA, the national office for the network of more than 2,500 Catholic Charities agencies and institutions working to reduce poverty in America and serving over 8 million people of all faiths each year.  A transplant from New Jersey, Jean worked for local Catholic Charities there for over 18 years.  Jean is a licensed clinical social worker with experience in mental health and services to homeless individuals and families.  She has dual master’s degrees in Social Work from New York University and in Religion from LaSalle University.

Bill Canny, Executive Director of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services

Bill Canny is the executive director of the department of Migration & Refugee Services at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He joined USCCB/MRS in May 2015. Bill brings with him a demonstrated commitment to—and a wealth of experience in—providing service to migrants, refugees, and others in need. He has lived and worked in Niger, Djibouti, Burkina Faso, India, Switzerland and Haiti. He has served as Secretary General of the International Catholic Migration Commission, COO of the Papal Foundation and in various leadership roles within Catholic Relief Services, including as Director of Emergency Operations for the period including the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake.

How Can I Help?

Give to the US

Support migrants and refugees in the United States by giving to CCUSA.

Give Overseas

Reach out to migrants and refugees abroad by giving to Catholic Relief Services.

Share the Love

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Your neighbors live across the street and the country, across oceans and hemispheres. As millions of God’s children flee war, persecution and poverty, Pope Francis, Caritas Internationalis, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Charities USA, and Catholic Relief Services invite you to share their journey by walking with them in prayer and support.