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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.

Refugees fleeing violence deserve care, bishops emphasize

Aug 8, 2014 - 06:10 am .- Catholic bishops are highlighting the need to care for refugees fleeing violent situations in their homelands as the ongoing influx of unaccompanied child migrants into the U.S. continues.

'American dream' ends in deportation for Honduran moms

Aug 6, 2014 - 05:08 pm .- Angelica Galvez set off this summer on a grueling, one-month journey to the U.S. – fleeing economic hardship in violence-ridden Honduras and seeking a better life for her six-year-old daughter.

US faithful asked to see humanity of child migrants

Jul 31, 2014 - 11:42 am .- The child migrant crisis at the U.S-Mexico border shows the need for a Catholic response and for sound government policy to help children who are fleeing violence, several Catholic experts have said.

Migration fix must look at big picture, bishop encourages

Jul 30, 2014 - 01:58 pm .- The head of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee challenged U.S. President Obama and the leaders of Central America to respond to violence in that region in order to protect children who are being forced to flee.

US must adapt foreign policy to solve migrant crisis, says bishop

Jul 27, 2014 - 04:11 pm .- The head of the U.S. bishops’ international justice and peace committee implored Secretary of State John Kerry to utilize U.S. foreign policy to address the “root causes” of child migration from Central America.

Church response to refugees is part of pro-life call, bishop says

Jul 23, 2014 - 05:20 pm .- Answering the needs of refugee migrants is one component of a truly pro-life view, said a U.S. bishop, announcing a new initiative to aid children who have fled Central America for the United States.

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 – not immigrants – 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.

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