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Surge of 'desperate' migrant children leaves needs unmet

Jul 3, 2014 - 04:20 am .- As a wave of unaccompanied children adds to the already large numbers of immigrants entering the United States, humanitarian groups warn that resources to serve the vulnerable population are running thin.

Bishop cites teaching of Popes in push to protect migrant kids

Jun 27, 2014 - 11:43 am .- Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas, invoked the social teaching of multiple popes in a plea for Congress to address the “humanitarian crisis” of unaccompanied child migrants to the U.S.

Salesians back humane solutions for asylum seekers in Italy

Jun 20, 2014 - 11:09 am .- Two Salesian groups in Italy launched an initiative Friday to coordinate their activities for immigrants, many of whom are refugees, both in Italy and in their home countries.

Australia bishop: 'Boat people are real people'

Jun 10, 2014 - 03:28 pm .- The bishops of Oceania upheld their solidarity with those traveling across the water to seek asylum in Australia, known locally as "boat people," urging a “more humane approach” to their situation.

Bishops: surge in unaccompanied child migrants a 'crisis'

Jun 6, 2014 - 11:25 am .- The migration of unaccompanied children into the U.S. is a “humanitarian crisis” that demands a “comprehensive response” from the government, said the head of the U.S. bishops’ immigration committee.

US bishop: Broken laws โ€“ not immigrants โ€“ must change

May 29, 2014 - 05:12 pm .- The desperation of many immigrants who have no choice but to break existing U.S. laws shows the need for comprehensive immigration reform, said the head of the U.S. bishops’ migration efforts.

Cardinal O'Malley: reject indifference toward immigrants

May 14, 2014 - 04:55 pm .- Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston called for a greater awareness of the situation faced by many immigrants to the U.S., as well as the need to reform a “broken and woefully inadequate” system.

After meeting Pope, daughter of immigrants reunites with father

Apr 4, 2014 - 04:10 pm .- The young girl who asked Pope Francis to intercede with U.S. President Barack Obama on behalf of the children of deported immigrants has been reunited with her father after a two-year separation.

Bishops' spokesman urges more humane immigration policy

Mar 19, 2014 - 05:21 pm .- President Barack Obama’s recent action on immigration may indicate a move towards a better approach to immigration, a policy expert for the U.S. bishops’ conference says.

US bishops to tour Mexico border, say Mass for fallen migrants

Mar 7, 2014 - 12:05 pm .- American bishops will gather in Arizona at the end of March to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and offer a Mass in memory of migrant persons who have died trying to gain entry into the United States.

Archbishop Gomez: avoid 'dead end' on immigration reform

Feb 21, 2014 - 12:58 pm .- L.A. Archbishop José H. Gomez has called for “interim measures” such as a moratorium on immigration raids and help for undocumented minors in order to bypass immigration reform’s apparent “political dead end.”

Republican immigration plan draws hope, criticism

Feb 3, 2014 - 05:47 pm .- An immigration plan by House Republican leaders, aimed at both national security and pathways to legal status for undocumented migrants, has prompted calls for further dialogue and improvement.

Cardinal O'Malley denounces Dominican Republic immigration ruling

Jan 3, 2014 - 01:04 am .- Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston is lamenting a court ruling in the Dominican Republic that retroactively strips away citizenship from any person born after 1929 to parents without Dominican ancestry.

Pope Francis sends Christmas presents to 2,000 poor immigrants

Dec 18, 2013 - 11:33 am .- Two thousand immigrants at a shelter near the Vatican received simple Christmas presents from Pope Francis on the evening of Dec. 14.

Church teaching on immigration is a 'humane position'

Dec 13, 2013 - 04:00 am .- The Church’s welcoming stance on immigration is rooted in the person-centered recognition of human dignity, said one of the leading Hispanic bishops in the U.S. Church.

Calif. Church, political leaders fast for immigration reform

Nov 30, 2013 - 06:02 am .- Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez and local political leaders have held a 24-hour fast to pray for immigration reform and to remember families who are separated from each other at Thanksgiving.

Unauthorized migrant numbers may be increasing, study finds

Sep 26, 2013 - 12:37 am .- As the Pope and bishops continue to call for the just and humane treatment of migrants, a new survey has found that the population of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. may be rising.

Prejudice towards migrants and refugees must end, Pope stresses

Sep 24, 2013 - 03:43 am .- In honor of the upcoming World Migration Day, Pope Francis said that the improvement of society demands the end of common prejudices against migrants and refugees.

Pope Francis visits refugees at Jesuit center in Rome

Sep 10, 2013 - 10:32 am .- Just two months after paying a visit to immigrants on the Italian island of Lampedusa, Pope Francis visited a group of refugees at a Jesuit-run center in Rome today.

Bishops' immigration outreach based on 'pastoral' concern

Aug 30, 2013 - 04:19 am .- Underlying an effort by U.S. bishops to coordinate messages on the need for comprehensive immigration reform is a profound sense of pastoral care, said an official at the bishops’ conference.

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