"I hope that, after the V National Encuentro takes place, it continues to bear fruit and that the Church in all its settings, continues to accompany this process with its own reflection and pastoral discernment. In other words, that the Church, the local churches continue to accompany this whole process. In particular, I ask you to consider how your local churches can better respond to the growing presence gifts, and potential of Hispanic young people and families, and of other cultures. I am aware of the contribution that the Hispanic community offers to the life of the nation and I pray that the V Encuentro continues to contribute to the renewal of society and the ministry of the Church in the United States of America."
– Pope Francis, message to the National V Encuentro participants on September 20th, 2018.
The Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs is under the direction of and assists the Committee on Cultural Diversity within the Church by working collaboratively with the committee and other USCCB committees to affirm the gifts and contributions of Hispanic Catholics and to provide more opportunities for Hispanic Catholics to engage in the life of the Church and help shape its evangelization mission.This mandate includes the following areas of responsibility:The Subcommittee is directly responsible for outreach to Hispanic communities and to work closely with the subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees.