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Jersey Vargas in St. Peter's Square, March 26, 2014.

LA's 'little ambassador' to Pope recalls encounter

Jersey Vargas, the 10 year old daughter of undocumented immigrants who traveled from Los Angeles to the Vatican to ask... Read more

Jersey Vargas (bottom center) meets Pope Francis after the General Audience at St. Peter's Square, March 26, 2014.

Immigration advocates give Pope letters from children

A group of U.S. immigration reform advocates participated in Wednesday’s General Audience at the Vatican, giving the Pope letters from... Read more

Crowds turned up for a town hall meeting in Los Angeles at which Archbishop Jose Gomez spoke on immigration reform, Jan. 14, 2014. Courtesy of Victor Aleman/

Bishops' spokesman urges more humane immigration policy

President Barack Obama’s recent action on immigration may indicate a move towards a better approach to immigration, a policy expert... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles poses with immigration reform advocates at the 2014 Religious Education Congress.

LA archbishop blesses immigration reform advocates going to Vatican

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles gave his blessing Sunday to a group of children and immigration reform advocates who... Read more

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles.

Archbishop Gomez: avoid 'dead end' on immigration reform

L.A. Archbishop José H. Gomez has called for “interim measures” such as a moratorium on immigration raids and help for... Read more

Migrant workers from Mexico pick cucumbers on a farm in Blackwater, Virginia.

Republican immigration plan draws hope, criticism

An immigration plan by House Republican leaders, aimed at both national security and pathways to legal status for undocumented migrants,... Read more

Crowds turned out for a Town Hall meeting in Los Angeles where Archbishop José H. Gomez spoke on immigration Jan. 14, 2014. Courtesy of Victor Alemán/

LA immigrant kids implore Pope to help detained parents

Immigrant children in California have written heartfelt letters to Pope Francis seeking his help and his prayers for their parents... Read more

Archbishop Gomez speaks to the Los Angeles Rotary Club on immigration, Jan. 10, 2014.

Remember 'human faces' of immigration, LA archbishop says

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has said Americans have to see “the human faces of immigration”: the children and... Read more

Migrant workers pick cucumbers on a farm in Virginia.

Helping migrants a life and family issue, dioceses say

The assistance given to all immigrants is a carrying out Catholic social teaching, promoting families, and building up a culture... Read more

Vatican study group on "Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery", held Nov. 2, 2013.

Combat human trafficking, Pope urges new ambassadors to Vatican

Meeting with 17 newly appointed ambassadors to the Holy See, Pope Francis encouraged them to work together, regardless of creed,... Read more

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio at the USCCB Fall General Assembly Nov. 12, 2013.

Church teaching on immigration is a 'humane position'

The Church’s welcoming stance on immigration is rooted in the person-centered recognition of human dignity, said one of the leading... Read more

St. Peter's Square

Conference leaders hone in on immigration, human trafficking issues

During a recent gathering, instructors of U.S. Catholic Conferences came together in Rome to discuss the most pressing issues they... Read more

Justice for Immigrants logo.

Bishops ask Catholics to call Congress on immigration

As L.A. Archbishop José Gomez laments the lack of urgency to reform the immigration system, the U.S. bishops are urging... Read more

Migrant workers from Mexico pick cucumbers on a farm in Virginia.

Obama urges House to resume talks on immigration reform

President Barack Obama has asked the House of Representatives to move on an immigration reform bill, emphasizing the current dysfunctions... Read more

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez speaks in front of City Hall in Los Angeles, CA on October 3, 2013.

Calif. immigration law praised as bishops urge national action

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles applauded a new California law that will allow undocumented migrants to receive state... Read more

Immigration Rally.

Bishops' immigration outreach based on 'pastoral' concern

Underlying an effort by U.S. bishops to coordinate messages on the need for comprehensive immigration reform is a profound sense... Read more

University of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame to welcome, help fund undocumented students

Citing the U.S. bishops’ support for immigration reform, the University of Notre Dame has announced that it will now accept... Read more

Archbishop Jose H Gomez.

Care for the stranger a 'sacred duty,' archbishop teaches

Drawing on Sunday's reading about Abraham's hospitality to his three visitors, Archbishop José Gomez taught during a Mass in recognition... Read more

Archbishop José Gomez.

Archbishop's immigration book praised for focus on family unity

Archbishop José Gomez' new book “Immigration and the Next America” is being lauded by a Catholic journalist for its emphasis... Read more

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez.

LA archbishop says immigration tests America's identity

The American Dream is at stake in the debate over immigration reform, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles told a... Read more