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.
Apr 1, 2014 - 04:47 pm .- A group of U.S. bishops visited the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday to say Mass in remembrance of migrants who died during their journey, calling attention to the humanitarian consequences of American immigration policy.
Apr 1, 2014 - 04:00 am .- Jersey Vargas, the 10 year old daughter of undocumented immigrants who traveled from Los Angeles to the Vatican to ask the Pope’s help for herself and children like her, said she is thrilled to have met him.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”