//Faith groups pray for immigrant children in detention, urge policy change

Faith groups pray for immigrant children in detention, urge policy change

Students from Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Chicago are seen Oct. 16, 2019, holding pictures of detained immigrant children who have died. The children were remembered during a prayer service at Holy Family Church. (Credit: Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic via CNS.) CHICAGO – Dozens of Chicago-area Catholics were joined by Lutheran, Jewish and Muslim representatives as they all prayed for immigrant children held in U.S. detention centers Oct. 16. At the Healing Garden near Holy Family Church, the group sang and prayed at the “They’re All Our Children” service before participants each pledged to spend one of the next 40 days in prayer and fasting for detained immigrant children and their families. Mercy Sister JoAnn Persch, one of the founders of the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, teared up as she read the names, ages, countries of origin and dates of death of seven children who have died either in the custody of U.S. detention or after becoming ill while in custody since 2018. As she spoke, seventh- and eighth-graders from Our Lady of Guadalupe School held photographs of the seven who died. Five were children: Darlyn Cristabel Cordova-Valle, 10, from El Salvador, died Sept. 29, 2018, in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement in Omaha, Nebraska; Jakelin Caal Maquin, 7, from Guatemala, died Dec. 8, 2018; Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, from Guatemala, died Dec. 24, 2018; Mariee Juarez, 1, from Guatemala, died May 10 in New Jersey after becoming ill […]

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