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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.

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.

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.

Bishops push for immigration reform without same-sex recognition

Feb 8, 2013 - 05:31 pm .- The U.S. bishops joined with a broad array of Christian leaders to stress the need for immigration reform, while reportedly voicing objections to a proposal that would recognize same-sex partners.

Archbishop Gomez hails Senate immigration reform plan

Jan 30, 2013 - 12:09 am .- Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles welcomed an immigration reform plan proposed by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators as a much-needed foundation for further reform efforts.     

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