Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Praying at the border

Sister Norma Pimentel has been called the Pope’s Favorite Nun and the Mother Teresa of South Texas. Tomorrow (April 7) at noon you can join her and other faith leaders as they come together to pray for families separated at the border under the Trump administration, and urge the Biden administration to take action to reunite families in his first 100 days.


Additionally, they’ll call for the administration to provide immediate deportation relief and support a pathway to citizenship for all separated families. Faith leaders will be praying for families still waiting to be reunited and justice for all families who have been separated. 


Sr. Norma, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, was surprised by Pope Francis a few years ago when he singled her out on a video meeting to thank her for her work with immigrants. Here is the video


Among others participating in tomorrow’s event are Rev. Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life; Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, Scholar-in-Residence, National Council of Jewish Women; Imam Ali Siddiqui, Executive Director, Muslim Institute of Interfaith Studies and Understanding; Sonny Singh, Musician and Social Justice Educator; and Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries, The United Church of Christ.

Here is link to register.


The event is organized by Faith in Public Life, a national movement of clergy and faith leaders united in the prophetic pursuit of justice, equality and the common good. Their network of 50,000 leaders engages in “bold moral action that affirms our values and the human dignity of all.”