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With city support, Baltimore parish will issue IDs to undocumented parishioners

A Baltimore Catholic parish announced that it will begin issuing parish identification cards, with the goal of making undocumented immigrants... Read more

Jose, Archbishop Gomez, and Antonio Mendez at the National V Encuentro on Sept. 22, 2018.

Two pilgrims trek 30 miles to Encuentro to raise awareness of immigration issues

Most of the delegates attending the National V Encuentro conference arrived by plane, or by car if they lived locally... Read more

Immigrants rights activists.

‘We’re brothers and sisters in Christ’: For Encuentro Catholics, immigration is personal

When Miriam Joyce of the Diocese of Raleigh talks about immigration, her face folds with concern.  Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience March 14, 2018.

Speak out against injustice, Pope Francis says

God needs Christians to be his hands and feet on earth, and to speak out about injustice wherever it happens,... Read more

Catholics minister to mothers and children in Texas detention centers

Before being allowed to celebrate Mass for families housed at a migrant detention center in south Texas, a local priest... Read more

Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

Chicago workshop seeks to expand immigrant-led ministry nationwide

A five-day training session in the Archdiocese of Chicago last week gathered leaders from across the country to learn about... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez celebrates Mass on the new feast of Mary, our Mother of the Church, in May 2018.

Archbishop Gomez: Hearing immigrants' stories should make us grateful

During a visit to the United States’ southern border, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles called for Catholics to lobby... Read more

Families meet through the border fence.

Amid policy debate, US bishops hear from migrants at the border

Seeking to hear the stories of migrants and how they have been affected by U.S. detention policy, a delegation of... Read more

LA archbishop on immigration: God calls us to speak out against injustice

At a Mass in honor of immigrants on June 24, Archbishop Jose Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles called... Read more

Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger. CNA file photo.

Tucson bishop elaborates on ‘canonical penalties’ for immigrant family separation

A bishop who suggested last week that the Church consider canonical penalties for Catholics involved in the separation of families... Read more

President Donald Trump.

LA archbishop welcomes Trump immigration order

The Archbishop of Los Angeles said he “welcomes” an executive order signed Wednesday by President Trump, and called on Congress... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis criticizes Trump's 'zero-tolerance' migrant policy

In a new interview with Reuters, Pope Francis backed the U.S. bishops' opposition to the separation of migrant children from... Read more

The Catholic vision of just immigration reform

A Honduran woman says that federal immigration authorities took her daughter from her arms as she breastfed the child. When... Read more

What are the new border policies? A CNA explainer

In May 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a “zero tolerance” policy that seeks to criminally prosecute 100 percent of... Read more

Jeff Sessions.

Jeff Sessions says the Bible justifies family separation. Does it?

The Trump administration has pointed to the Bible in justifying its “zero-tolerance immigration policy,” which includes the separation of immigrant... Read more

Pope Francis with participants in the International Forum for Migration and Peace, Feb. 21, 2017.

Pope: Migrants should be protected, especially children and families

In a message to a gathering of Mexican politicians and diplomats from the Holy See, Pope Francis said the fundamental... Read more

Border Marker at San Ysidro JD.

Commentary: Immigration and 'canonical penalties'

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is meeting this week in Fort Lauderdale for its annual spring session. The... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez.

Archbishop Gomez 'deeply disappointed' that USA Act will not be debated

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles decried the decision by House leaders to not allow debate on a bipartisan bill... Read more

Tent city for immigrant minors 'a recipe for disaster'

As the Trump administration considers building a tent city for immigrant children separated from their parents, one Catholic group warned... Read more

A helper from Doctors Without Borders holds a Nigerian child as the MV Aquarius arrives at the Sicilian port of Messina, on May 14, 2018.

Church in Spain prepares to welcome migrants turned away in Italy

The Archdiocese of Valencia, Spain is preparing resources for more than 600 immigrants on board a rescue boat that was... Read more