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

Pope: Migrants should be protected, especially children and families

Jun 14, 2018

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'

Jun 14, 2018

By Ed Condon

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

Jun 14, 2018

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'

Jun 14, 2018

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

Jun 13, 2018

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

Central Americans walk from Mexico to the U.S. side of the border to ask authorities for asylum on April 29, 2018 in Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico.

Immigration ruling 'closes the door' to victims of abuse, gang violence

Jun 12, 2018

A ruling by the U.S. attorney general that victims of domestic abuse and gang violence may no longer qualify for... Read more

UN Human Rights Office condemns US border separation of families

Jun 7, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Maria had been a victim of sex trafficking and abuse by a local gang when she fled Guatemala. Taking her... Read more

After major immigration raid, Ohio bishop decries 'broken system'

Jun 7, 2018

The U.S. immigration system is broken and in need of reform, said the Bishop of Cleveland after more than 100... Read more

A woman at Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Camp in Duhok, Iraq on March 28, 2015.

Global campaign urges greater involvement to help migrants, refugees

Jun 7, 2018

By Elise Harris

Organizers of the international “Share the Journey” campaign are urging Catholics to step up and interact with migrants and refugees... Read more

Archbishop Gomez: It's time for a vote on DACA legislation

May 22, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles is asking Catholics in the archdiocese to contact their representatives urging a vote on... Read more

Military bases under consideration to hold undocumented children

May 16, 2018

Federal officials are evaluating U.S. military bases as temporary shelters for immigrant children who will be separated from their parents... Read more

New US immigration policy violates 'sanctity of the family,' critic says

May 11, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

The Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy for illegal entry into the U.S. is inhumane and will split up families... Read more

Why some parishes are offering IDs to undocumented Texans

May 8, 2018

By Mary Farrow

For undocumented immigrants in Texas, something as simple as a routine traffic stop could mean arrest and deportation.  Read more

Members of a caravan of Central Americans walk from Mexico to the U.S. side of the border with supporters to ask for asylum on April 29, 2018 in Tijuana, Mexico.

How should Catholics respond to migration caravans?

May 2, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

A moral theologian has said that the US has an obligation to consider petitions from asylum seekers encamped along the... Read more

At UN meeting, Holy See calls for 'human-centered approach to migration'

Apr 12, 2018

The Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations encouraged global leaders to take a “human-centered approach to... Read more

Venezuelans on October 4, 2016 across the border in Cucuta, Colombia.

Peruvian bishops: Welcome Venezuelan migrants with solidarity

Mar 15, 2018

The Peruvian Bishops' Conference called on the people of the country to act with Christian solidarity toward Venezuelan migrants fleeing... Read more

American flag.

With today's deadline struck down by courts, what's next for DACA?

Mar 5, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

Although the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections did not expire on March 5, the passage of the original deadline... Read more

Catholic lawyer voices concern at Supreme Court's immigrant bond ruling

Mar 2, 2018

By Courtney Mares

After the Supreme Court rejected the idea that detained immigrants are entitled to periodic bond hearings, a Catholic immigration lawyer... Read more

Catholic-led DACA protest in Washington, DC, Feb. 27, 2018.

Forty arrested at Catholic-led DACA Protest

Feb 27, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

A group of about 100 people--including Franciscan friars, religious sisters, and laity--gathered in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Building... Read more

Bishops urge calls for DACA protections

Feb 26, 2018

The US bishops’ conference has designated today, Feb. 26, 2018, as “National Call-in Day for the Protection of Dreamers.”  Read more