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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.

Spanish religious sister remembered for devotion to immigrants

Aug 29, 2013 - 04:12 pm .- Franciscan Sister Teresa Losada, known in Spain as “the nun of the immigrants,” died Aug. 25 at the age of 70 in the town of San Vicente dels Horts after a long battle with cancer.

Most Americans would find immigration wait 'unthinkable'

Aug 15, 2013 - 04:01 am .- While undocumented immigrants often face blame for circumventing U.S. law, American immigration policy is so broken that it produces wait lists of inconceivable length, says a migrant advocate.

New York cardinal warns of rampant 'disposable culture'

Aug 14, 2013 - 04:04 am .- At a recent Knights of Columbus event, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York and other Church leaders warned against the tendency to “discard” society's marginalized, including immigrants.

Archbishop lauds work of Knights, urges immigration reform

Aug 6, 2013 - 01:37 pm .- At the Knights of Columbus' annual meeting, Texas Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller praised the group for its worldwide charitable work and encouraged continued compassion for immigrants.

Illinois cardinal defends marriage, decision to defund campaign

Aug 1, 2013 - 02:18 pm .- Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago, Ill., is defending his decision to cease funding of an immigration organization after it declared support and encouragement for same-sex “marriage.”

Young woman recalls deep pain, joy of immigrating to America

Jul 30, 2013 - 04:03 am .- A young woman who immigrated to the U.S. with her family from Guadalajara, Mexico, recalls the 11 years of paperwork granting them status in the country as a “huge, painful, interesting process.”

Care for the stranger a 'sacred duty,' archbishop teaches

Jul 23, 2013 - 04:02 am .- Drawing on Sunday's reading about Abraham's hospitality to his three visitors, Archbishop José Gomez taught during a Mass in recognition of immigrants that “God comes to us in the person of the stranger.”

Bishop calls for social action to address migrants’ challenges

Jul 17, 2013 - 02:02 am .- Bishop David O'Connell has issued a pastoral statement challenging Catholics to reach across partisan boundaries to pray and act for solutions to the challenges facing immigrants in the United States.

Pope's island visit carried light to end of world

Jul 15, 2013 - 12:39 pm .- After the unexpected July 8 visit from Pope Francis, the little Italian island of Lampedusa received “an electric shock,” because he shed light on “the problem of immigration and the suffering of immigration,” says Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of the Agrigento, Sicily archdiocese.

Comfort makes us indifferent to suffering of migrants, Pope says

Jul 8, 2013 - 03:14 pm .- Seeking to “reawaken” consciences, Pope Francis visited an Italian island which is the destination of African emigrants and said that the “culture of comfort” makes us ignore the suffering of others.

Pope will travel to Italian island to pray for immigrants

Jul 1, 2013 - 11:47 am .- Pope Francis will travel to the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on July 8 to pray for immigrants who died trying to reach the destination.  

Be not afraid of immigrants, Archbishop Gomez encourages

Jun 28, 2013 - 02:02 am .- In a new book marking Independence Day, the archbishop of Los Angeles addresses immigration reform in the context of the American Dream, seeking to stir the consciences of national Catholics.

Cardinal Dolan praises immigration bill as step forward

Jun 10, 2013 - 02:30 pm .- Stressing that immigration reform is needed to “correct injustices,” Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said that the proposed bill in the U.S. Senate makes serious progress in efforts to balance humanitarian and security concerns.

US bishops praise immigration bill's advance in senate

May 23, 2013 - 02:02 pm .- The U.S. bishops welcomed a U.S. Senate committee's passage of a major immigration bill as an “important step,” urging the full senate to consider the bill as soon as possible.

Study shows undocumented immigrants largely Christian

May 18, 2013 - 01:01 pm .- A new study says that undocumented immigrants to the U.S. tend to be more Christian than the general population, while new legal permanent residents tend to be less Christian.

Survey finds strong Catholic support for immigration changes

Apr 27, 2013 - 01:09 pm .- A survey commissioned by the U.S. bishops finds that almost 80 percent of Catholics support legal changes that allow immigrants to gain “earned citizenship” through meeting certain requirements.

Bishops cautiously hopeful on immigration plan

Apr 22, 2013 - 05:19 pm .- Prominent U.S. bishops have expressed support for the immigration reform bill recently introduced in the Senate, although they noted that it still has room for improvement.

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