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Pope Francis asks workers: give immigrants compassion, not blame

Jun 21, 2015 - 10:40 am .- Pope Francis has encouraged workers not to blame their economic troubles on migrants, who are themselves often victims of injustice and treated like merchandise rather than human beings.

Indifference to migrants is unacceptable, Pope tells Dominican Republic bishops

Jun 1, 2015 - 12:08 am .- The Church in the Dominican Republic cannot be indifferent to the plight of Haitian immigrants, Pope Francis said Wednesday during a meeting with the Dominican Republic's Catholic bishops.

Pope: abortion, euthanasia, abandonment of migrants are 'attacks against humanity'

May 30, 2015 - 09:20 am .- A civilization whose technological advancements do not seek to protect the most vulnerable, from conception until natural death, fails to live up to its responsibility, Pope Francis said.

Obama's immigration order stalls. For 5 million immigrants, now what?

May 28, 2015 - 12:31 pm .- As the Obama administration’s massive immigration order met a roadblock in federal court, Catholic immigration advocates are unhappy but are helping undocumented immigrants any way they can.

When detention denies dignity: bishops offer look inside US migrant, refugee policy

May 14, 2015 - 03:20 am .- “Please help us, please pray for us.” These were the words of detained migrants and refugees at a Karnes, Texas facility who spoke Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio and his visiting delegation of religious leaders last year.

Young Vietnamese migrant workers find strength in Lenten practices

Mar 25, 2015 - 12:51 am .- Young Vietnamese Catholics living in Thailand came together for a Lenten retreat focused on spiritual nourishment for the challenges of life as migrant workers in a foreign country.

How threats to religious freedom could harm unaccompanied minors

Feb 24, 2015 - 03:45 pm .- Catholic and Evangelical humanitarian agencies are among the U.S. groups responding to the massive influx of unaccompanied minors from Latin America, but a new federal rule could require them to refer the children for abortion or lose their grants.

'A dark day for Australia': Church laments detention of child asylum seekers

Feb 13, 2015 - 12:53 pm .- A report detailing the profoundly negative effects of the long-term detention of children seeking asylum in Australia has led Church leaders there to call the government's policy “barbaric.”

Bishop to Congress: Stop treating immigrants as 'less than human'

Feb 13, 2015 - 11:21 am .- Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tuscon, Arizona, leveled harsh criticism against the tone of some Congress members, saying that they were treating undocumented migrants as subhuman.

Pope prays for migrants killed in Mediterranean boat tragedy

Feb 12, 2015 - 12:24 am .- During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis said he was following “with concern” the news of hundreds of immigrants who perished in the Mediterranean Sea this week.

For Archbishop Chaput, Holy Family holds lesson on immigration

Dec 16, 2014 - 04:39 am .- Faithful Catholics “need to remember that the Holy Family too was once a family of immigrants and refugees,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

A look into the rights of child migrants

Nov 29, 2014 - 04:22 pm .- In 1999, two teenagers froze to death in the hold of a Sabena Airlines Airbus A330 travelling from Guinea to Brussels.

Catholics on immigration order: more reform needed

Nov 21, 2014 - 03:35 pm .- President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration was met with both praise and concern from Catholic groups, who emphasized that more must be done to find long-term solutions for a broken immigration system.  

What fuels migration? For Pope Francis, a strong 'aspiration to hope'

Nov 21, 2014 - 01:14 pm .- Pope Francis said on Friday that the desire to migrate from one’s homeland is inspired by the search for hope, and encouraged the Church throughout the world to welcome migrants, whose presence helps build up society.

US cardinal to the undocumented: you can 'come out of the shadows'

Nov 21, 2014 - 10:15 am .- The vice president of the U.S. bishops’ conference has said that charitable immigration reform must address the needs of both legal and illegal immigrants, encouraging the latter to come forward and receive help.  

Dialogue with immigrants overcomes tensions, Pope says

Nov 16, 2014 - 09:23 am .- Pope Francis made an appeal for peace and dialogue with members of immigrant communities in his remarks after the weekly recitation of the Angelus in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday.

Pro-life? Then keep immigrant families together, bishops implore

Nov 14, 2014 - 03:49 am .- In the wake of the mid-term elections last week, the U.S. Bishops urged Congress and President Obama to work together on timely immigration reform that respects families and human dignity.   

Jesus is 'waiting to be recognized in migrants,' Pope stresses

Sep 23, 2014 - 04:39 pm .- All Christians must recognize Jesus Christ in migrants and refugees, and welcome them with “respect and solidarity” while avoiding “suspicion and prejudice,” Pope Francis has said.  

Immigration judges: Deporting children can be a death sentence

Sep 5, 2014 - 04:19 am .- Many U.S. immigration cases are effectively life-or-death trials, and the Justice Department should not be fast-tracking deportation hearings for child migrants, said federal judges at a talk in Washington, D.C.  

Indians in Holy Land eager to celebrate Nativity of Mary

Sep 4, 2014 - 12:03 am .- Spiritual preparations for the Nativity of Mary blending culture and faith are underway in the Holy Land, where the Indian Chaplaincy serves emigrants from Goa and elsewhere in India.

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