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Welcoming the Stranger
Posted 09/01/2017 08:51AM

Moreau junior Jasmine Munoz was recently honored with a national award, one of three students so honored, and a $300 scholarship from Pax Christi USA (PCUSA) for her five-minute video on social justice. The PCUSA organization is a Catholic peace and justice movement.

Her video focused on the theme "Welcoming a Stranger," where she had to illustrate with images, music and quotes from Pope Francis on how Catholics are welcoming refugees and immigrants. Jasmine worked on the video during Spring Break and was notified of her award in May.

In researching quotes from Pope Francis, she found several that resonated with her, including quotes from the 2013 and 2015 World Day of Migrants and Refugees. She opens the "Welcome a Stranger" video with the following quote:

"Despite the problems, risks, and difficulties to be faced, great number of migrants and refugees continue to be inspired by confidence and hope; in their hearts they long for a better future, not only for themselves but for their families and those closes to them." – Pope Francis, July 8, 2013

She chose the song "One Day" because it talks about praying for more peace and respect among each other. The biggest challenge, Jasmine said was "finding relevant quotes with the right message."

"Both Father Bruce and my mom encouraged me to submit the video," Jasmine added. "This is a really special award to me."

Jasmine ends her video with a quote from the Bible "Love one another as I have loved you" John 13:34 and follows this with a question "What are you doing to welcome the strangers?"

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