Holy Thursday tradition of washing feet turns political

Interfaith leaders washed the feet of immigrants outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Morgan Hill, at the Southern Branch of the California Superior Court in Redwood City, at the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office in Martinez and at the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department in Oakland

In a modern political twist to an ancient Roman Catholic tradition observed annually during Holy Week, interfaith leaders from throughout the South Bay on Thursday washed the feet of immigrants — among them a Pakistani Muslim and an Irishman — outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office. The ritual was a deeply personal experience for many of the 12 … [Read more...]

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Follow the money trail

Over the past nine years, the USCCB has received $534,788,660 in taxpayer money for refugee resettlement programs, leading some to question bishops' motives in opposing President Trump's beleaguered refugee policy

Is a conflict of interest behind some of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ strong criticisms of President Trump’s immigration policy, in particular his two temporary travel bans? That’s the question being raised by a number of experts in foreign policy and Catholic charitable work, including a former adviser to President Bush and a leading figure in conservative Catholic media. These … [Read more...]

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Orange diocese sends immigration precautions to all parishes

You don’t open the door - you ask to see a warrant under the door and you have a right to remain silent

Bishop Kevin Vann has sent a letter to all Diocese of Orange parishes directing them to be prepared in the event of an encounter with immigration enforcement officials at or near a church, school, hospital or clinic. The letter went out after reports of a van believed to belong to Immigration and Customs Enforcement was photographed on the Christ Cathedral campus Feb. 17. It … [Read more...]

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March for life, peace and migrants in Tijuana draws 30,000

Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón spoke out against walls while he carried cross of migrants

Some 30,000 people gathered last Sunday for the 17th March for Life, Peace and Migrants in Tijuana, Mexico. Led by the Archbishop of Tijuana, Francisco Moreno Barrón, participants marched from the former bullfighting stadium, Toreo de Tijuana, to the Tijuana Auditorium, where they arrived at 11:30 am. Before the march on March 19, the Archbishop of Tijuana prayed for the … [Read more...]

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700 gather with Archbishop Cordileone for special immigration Mass

More than a dozen priests from parishes throughout the archdiocese took part in the bilingual Mass

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrated a special immigration Mass before 700 congregants at St. Peter Church in the Mission District on March 11 in response to requests from community members for his pastoral presence during a time of uncertainty. More than a dozen priests from parishes throughout the archdiocese took part in the bilingual Mass honoring the dignity of … [Read more...]

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Seeking the balance between love and the law

Archbishop José Gomez: "What is the public policy purpose that is served by taking away some little girl’s dad or some little boy’s mom?"

[Angelus] Editor’s note: On March 8, Archbishop Gomez addressed a gathering of Catholics and other leaders in politics and business at a symposium hosted by the Napa Institute in Washington, D.C.  The text below is adapted from his address. To read his full talk, “Where Do We Go From Here? Why We Cannot Wait for Immigration Reform,” visit his website. It is long past time … [Read more...]

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California bishops announce support for two immigration measures

One would require California schools, hospitals and courtrooms to adopt policies that would limit immigration enforcement on their premises, another would create a state-funded program to provide legal representation for those facing deportation

In response to the national traction on immigration issues, this Session has seen the introduction of several California immigration bills. The California Catholic Conference (CCC) has decided to support two in particular, and is examining several others that have the potential to impact immigration in the State in significant ways. The CCC is supporting Senate Bill 54 (SB … [Read more...]

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