December 19, 2003

10th annual La Posada planned Dec. 20

Auxiliary Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Roman Catholic diocese of San Diego will be the keynote speaker at the tenth annual La Posada Sin Fronteras which has been scheduled from 3:30-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20 at the border fence on Rail Court at the southern terminus of San Ysidro Boulevard.

The posada recalls Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem and reminds participants of the call to hospitality and compassion for strangers and newcomers. Participants, who will be joined by Tijuana residents at the railroad crossing fence, will also remember in prayer those who have died crossing the border since Operation Gatekeeper went into effect almost 10 years ago.

Tijuana participants will exchange crosses with San Diego participants and join in prayers and Christmas carols during the two and a half ritual. Rev. Art Cribbs, pastor of Christian Fellowship United Church of Christ in San Diego, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Among organizations co-sponsoring the event are the American Friends Service Committee, Casa del Migrante, Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, Episcopal Diocese, Peace Resource Center, Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights, the Ecumenical Council of San Diego County, and the Board of Church and Society of the Pacifica Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

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