Pope Dedicated to Defending Migrants

The Philadelphia Inquirer did a feature story on immigration that included a visit to Aquinas Center.

On the forthcoming visit of Pope Francis, reporter Michael Matza wrote:

Another group with a keen interest will be patrons and supporters of the Aquinas Center, a South Philadelphia convent-turned-community center that strives to bridge cultural divides.

Filipinos, Thais, Cambodians, Vietnamese, Congolese, Mexicans, Hondurans, and Guatemalans are among the 550 people who use the center weekly, said director Bethany Welch.

The Latinos, she said, have “a profound feeling of connectedness” to Francis as the first pope from Latin America.

During the week leading up to the pontiff’s visit here, the center will provide bunk beds for 45 Mexican immigrant “farmworker pilgrims” from Mobile, Ala., said Welch, and will host hundreds of Vietnamese families for a marriage-enrichment course.
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