Peter Tran is currently the assistant director of the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Tucson, Arizona. He is a former editor of the Union of Catholic Asian News at the main editorial office in Bangkok. During his years as a Redemptorist, his ministry was extensively in the field of pastoral care for refugees and migrants in the United States and at the Vatican.
Bishop Oscar Solis of Salt Lake City, Utah, talked to NCR about the significance of the U.S. bishops' pastoral response to Asian and Pacific Islander communities, a document approved this year, and how it could enrich the U.S. church in dialogue with culture.
U.S. bishops adopted a document last spring that addresses "pastoral response" to Asian and Pacific Islander Catholic communities. Community leaders applaud its recommendations and practical pathways to encounter.
In the Sonoran Desert, temperatures soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. This vast, arid landscape of southern Arizona is where undocumented migrants make a path to find better life, and this is also where hundreds of unfortunate ones have taken their last breath.
Redemptorist Fr. Charles Vijay Kumar's upcoming documentary, "Who Is My Neighbor?", shows the human faces of worldwide migration and asks for a Christian response.