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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.

Archbishop Gomez welcomes immigration reform proposal

Apr 17, 2013 - 05:03 pm .- Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles applauded the introduction of legislation to change the U.S. immigration system, while pledging the bishops’ help in reviewing and improving the proposal.

Archbishop likens immigrants to 'Les Misérables' hero

Apr 12, 2013 - 02:01 am .- Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami made a plea for immigration reform at a rally on Saturday, noting that like the hero of “Les Misérables,” migrants wish to “redeem themselves with honest work.”

Pope to visit Rome center for undocumented refugees

Apr 9, 2013 - 12:02 pm .- A priest in Rome says Pope Francis personally called him to say he will visit the Astalli Center, a local facility run by the Jesuits, that helps thousands of undocumented refugees – many with tragic histories.

Archbishop Aquila says immigrants can help renew US Catholicism

Apr 6, 2013 - 01:02 pm .- Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver said that immigrants should be welcomed as people with human dignity who can aid the renewal of Christianity and Catholic culture in the U.S.

US bishops fund aid projects in Haiti, Latin America

Apr 4, 2013 - 04:59 pm .- A U.S. bishops’ subcommittee has approved over $3.1 million dollars in funding for pastoral work in Latin America, including the continued reconstruction of Haiti and World Youth Day pilgrimage efforts.

DC youth salsa dance for immigrant outreach

Mar 28, 2013 - 04:12 am .- A recent Latin-style party in Washington, D.C., drew hundreds of young adults for a night of music, food and salsa dancing that benefited Catholic outreach to low-income immigrants.

America's 'soul' at risk over immigration, Archbishop Gomez warns

Mar 22, 2013 - 12:21 pm .- Addressing America's immigration problem, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles urged religious believers to recall the nation to an understanding of human dignity based on its biblical roots.

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