Posada participants gather on both sides of border fence

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SAN DIEGO — “Opening doors and hearts.”

That was the 2022 theme of the traditional celebration of faith that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border fence.

Christian faith and rights organizations on both sides of the divide presented the annual “La Posada Without Borders” on Dec. 10. The event commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made to Bethlehem in search of safe lodging where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus.

On the U.S. side, about 40 people walked about 1.5 miles to the most southwestern corner of Border Field State Park. They sang traditional posada songs, prayed and remembered those migrants who died trying to cross north.

The speakers included Auxiliary Bishop Ramón Bejarano, who was accompanied by pastors Edmundo Zárate and Brad Mills, SJ, among other San Diego faithful.

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