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ACLU targets grants for pro-life groups that aid migrants

Jun 30, 2016 - 12:01 am .- Catholics and other groups that receive grants to care for immigrants are in the sights of the American Civil Liberties Union, which has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services.

Divided Supreme Court deals a setback to immigration advocates

Jun 23, 2016 - 12:58 pm .- A divided Supreme Court allowed a hold on the Obama administration’s immigration policy to continue, disappointing Catholic advocates of immigration reform.

Deportation could be a death sentence, bishops warn as raids increase

May 26, 2016 - 03:07 pm .- Renewed immigration raids against women and children fail to recognize the severity of situations faced by migrants, who leave Central America to escape death, the U.S. bishops said.

Why do so few Hispanics attend Catholic schools in the US?

Mar 10, 2016 - 06:02 am .- Hispanic Catholics are grossly underserved by Catholic schools in the United States, according to a new study, and this lack of participation could prove fatal to the future of the Church in the nation.

California Catholics are helping legal residents become citizens

Feb 29, 2016 - 06:02 pm .- Obtaining U.S. citizenship could be life-changing for legal residents in Southern California, and Catholics want to help.

Archbishop Gomez: The Pope's focus is human suffering, not Donald Trump

Feb 19, 2016 - 04:20 pm .- The controversy surrounding Pope Francis’ off-the-cuff statements on his return flight from Mexico – and Donald Trump’s response – should not overshadow the underlying reason for the papal visit, said Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles.

As Supreme Court takes up immigration case, LA archbishop weighs in

Jan 19, 2016 - 04:44 pm .- The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on an immigration enforcement case will affect many immigrants in the U.S., and the Los Angeles archbishop says the court should rule on the side of humanity.

US bishops: Deporting children and families won't solve migration crisis

Jan 16, 2016 - 06:23 am .- The recent deportation raids targeting Central American immigrants will not discourage immigrants who are fleeing their countries as a last resort, the U.S. bishops said.

Remember that refugees are fleeing for their lives, bishop urges

Jan 5, 2016 - 03:02 am .- As the number of displaced persons is at its highest worldwide, Catholics must remember that “extremely vulnerable” refugees often flee circumstances where their very lives are at risk, a bishop has said.

Canada can do better, bishops say in wake of refugee crisis

Nov 13, 2015 - 03:42 am .- Allow yourself to be troubled by the plight of migrants and refugees around the world – this was the message of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops to the faithful of their country in a new pastoral letter last month.

Pope Francis encourages Church in Slovakia to welcome migrants

Nov 12, 2015 - 03:12 pm .- Speaking to the Slovak bishops on Thursday, Pope Francis reminded them that the Church is called to welcome immigrants and to reach out to 'the other', including by ministering to the Romani people.

For UK archbishop, the plight of migrant families strikes a chord

Oct 6, 2015 - 02:38 pm .- As Europe continues to face mass migration from crisis zones, the synod discussions cannot ignore the weighty impact this crisis has on families, said U.K. Cardinal Vincent Nichols.

Never lose sight of your dreams, Pope tells Harlem schoolkids

Sep 25, 2015 - 03:09 pm .- When Martin Luther King, Jr. uttered his famous line “I have a dream”, he was thinking of you. Those were the words of Pope Francis this afternoon during a brief but moving encounter with elementary students at Our Lady, Queen of the Angels School in New York City's Harlem neighborhood.

Read the full text of Pope Francis' visit to a school in Harlem

Sep 25, 2015 - 01:00 pm .- Pope Francis visited Our Lady, Queen of the Angels school in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City on Sept. 25. Most of the school's students come from migrant families. Read the full text of his prepared remarks:

Watch this little girl defy security guards and get a hug from the Pope

Sep 24, 2015 - 12:50 pm .- Sophie Cruz travelled from Los Angeles, across the United States, with her father and two uncles to try to hand a letter Pope Francis this week. Her dream came true on Wednesday when the popemobile stopped for the child, and she was given the most tender embrace of the day.

Immigrants enrich America and the Church, Pope affirms

Sep 23, 2015 - 11:27 am .- In the longest speech of his trip so far, Pope Francis on Wednesday praised U.S. bishops for their commitment to defending life, their handling of the clerical abuse crisis, and their welcome of immigrants, while urging them not to be afraid to do more.

Trump's immigration plan undermines American identity, Archbishop Chaput says

Sep 3, 2015 - 05:32 pm .- Caught between poverty and violence in their homelands and deportation in the U.S., immigrants face a plight that cannot be ignored by Christians, said Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

Pope to Catholic lawmakers: Be strong. Protect life.

Aug 31, 2015 - 05:00 pm .- On Sunday, Pope Francis urged Catholic legislators to be protectors of human life, calling them to “be strong” against a throw-away culture marked by Christian persecution, and the rejection of the unborn and migrants.

Mothers lash back at forced vaccines, 'inhumane' conditions in detention centers

Aug 4, 2015 - 03:57 pm .- Ten migrant mothers have filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security over what they describe as serious neglect and poor treatment at family detention centers.  

Cardinal Dolan slams Trump's 'virulent' immigration remarks

Jul 29, 2015 - 04:11 pm .- For Cardinal Dolan, the “virulent strain” of American nativism is not a thing of the past – it's alive, well and seeded in presidential candidate Donald Trump's recent remarks on the topic of immigration.

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