In the United States and other countries, Jesuit Refugee Service works with refugees and asylum seekers in detention. JRS aspires to be hospitality in action by walking alongside and offering hospitality to the most vulnerable; those “at the frontiers of humanity.”

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA chaplaincy programs enable people of all faiths, who have been detained while seeking asylum or because they crossed the border without papers, to have access to pastoral care within their faith tradition.

In calling for an authentic culture of encounter, Pope Francis writes: “The Good Samaritan not only draws nearer to the man he finds half dead on the side of the road; he takes responsibility for him. Jesus shifts our understanding: it is not just about seeing the other as someone like myself, but of the ability to make myself like the other…we are all human beings, children of God.”

—Christian Fuchs serves as Communications Director for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.