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Immigration advocates give Pope letters from children

Mar 26, 2014 - 05:00 pm .- A group of U.S. immigration reform advocates participated in Wednesday’s General Audience at the Vatican, giving the Pope letters from children who face being separated from their parents by deportation.

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.

LA archbishop blesses immigration reform advocates going to Vatican

Mar 18, 2014 - 06:07 pm .- Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles gave his blessing Sunday to a group of children and immigration reform advocates who are traveling to Rome to ask Pope Francis for his help and benediction.

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.

LA immigrant kids implore Pope to help detained parents

Jan 17, 2014 - 04:07 am .- Immigrant children in California have written heartfelt letters to Pope Francis seeking his help and his prayers for their parents who have been deported or arrested.

Remember 'human faces' of immigration, LA archbishop says

Jan 14, 2014 - 02:04 am .- Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has said Americans have to see “the human faces of immigration”: the children and families suffering under America's “broken” immigration policy.

Helping migrants a life and family issue, dioceses say

Jan 10, 2014 - 05:07 pm .- The assistance given to all immigrants is a carrying out Catholic social teaching, promoting families, and building up a culture of life, Catholic groups around the country have said.

Combat human trafficking, Pope urges new ambassadors to Vatican

Dec 15, 2013 - 04:07 pm .- Meeting with 17 newly appointed ambassadors to the Holy See, Pope Francis encouraged them to work together, regardless of creed, against the “slavery” of human trafficking.

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.

Conference leaders hone in on immigration, human trafficking issues

Nov 19, 2013 - 05:23 am .- During a recent gathering, instructors of U.S. Catholic Conferences came together in Rome to discuss the most pressing issues they face, immigration and human trafficking being the top two.

Bishops ask Catholics to call Congress on immigration

Nov 9, 2013 - 04:33 pm .- As L.A. Archbishop José Gomez laments the lack of urgency to reform the immigration system, the U.S. bishops are urging Catholics to call and write Congress to support “just and compassionate immigration reform.”

Obama urges House to resume talks on immigration reform

Oct 24, 2013 - 05:01 pm .- President Barack Obama has asked the House of Representatives to move on an immigration reform bill, emphasizing the current dysfunctions in the immigration system and pressing for change.

Calif. immigration law praised as bishops urge national action

Oct 7, 2013 - 04:44 pm .- Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles applauded a new California law that will allow undocumented migrants to receive state driver’s licenses, while calling for greater federal reform.

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.

Notre Dame to welcome, help fund undocumented students

Aug 27, 2013 - 11:04 am .- Citing the U.S. bishops’ support for immigration reform, the University of Notre Dame has announced that it will now accept qualified undocumented students who apply for undergraduate admission.

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.”

Archbishop's immigration book praised for focus on family unity

Jul 17, 2013 - 11:39 am .- Archbishop José Gomez' new book “Immigration and the Next America” is being lauded by a Catholic journalist for its emphasis on the good of the people and families affected by immigration policy.

LA archbishop says immigration tests America's identity

Jun 25, 2013 - 02:05 am .- The American Dream is at stake in the debate over immigration reform, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles told a group of journalists, saying the issue provides a chance for the nation to renew its soul.

Migrants on Mexico's border face 'nightmares,' priest says

Jun 11, 2013 - 06:03 am .- Harsh conditions and persecution confront migrants in Mexico, many of whom have been deported from the U.S., according to a Salesian priest who serves the population in the border-town of Tijuana.

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