Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez called on faithful at the annual Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants Saturday, Sept. 7, to take part in healing America by restoring mutual trust, empathy, and shared belief in common humanity.

“We need to pray for America today,” said Archbishop Gomez in the homily. “Love is the only way forward for America. And we are the ones who must show our nation the way. Hatred can never change the one who hates. Only love can.”

The Southern California Immigration Task Force, representing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Dioceses of San Bernardino, Orange, and San Diego, organized the Mass and coordinated pre-liturgical events, which included recognizing community leaders who have demonstrated service and compassion in helping the local immigrant community.

“Siempre Adelante” (“Ever Onward”) pilgrims received a warm welcome from Mass-goers at the cathedral. VICTOR ALEMÁN
An estimated more than 2,000 people attended the Annual Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. VICTOR ALEMÁN
Following the Mass, faithful venerated the relics of immigrant saints. Above, from left to right: the relics of Junípero Serra, Frances Xavier Cabrini, and Toribio Romo. Local Knights of Columbus processed in with the relics.VICTOR ALEMÁN

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