California, Mexican border bishops meet in Tijuana

Bishops from California were San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto, Fresno Bishop Armando Ochoa and San Diego Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan

As caravans of Honduran and Guatemalan immigrants traveled through Mexico toward the U.S. in a cacophony of media reporting and political rhetoric, a group of California and Mexican bishops met quietly in Tijuana in their annual meeting of prayer and friendship Oct. 22-23. “We made much progress in building up bonds of communion between our communities with much friendship and … [Read more...]

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Judge throws out lawsuit against bishops over immigrant shelters

ACLU of Northern California had sought to block government funding of USCCB to provide housing for immigrants because of Church's refusal to provide abortions, contraception

A federal judge has dismissed the ACLU’s attempt to block the government from delegating the care of immigrant unaccompanied minors and sex-trafficking victims to a Catholic group that opposes birth control and abortion, and transfers those wishing to have an abortion to other shelters. The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed the lawsuit against the … [Read more...]

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Statue of Mary envisioned for San Ysidro near U.S.-Mexico border

40-foot-tall monument would stand as symbol to welcome immigrants and refugees headed to the U.S., planned for hilltop parking lot at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

Inspired by the Statue of Liberty, a 40-foot-tall monument of Mary, mother of Jesus, will stand as a symbol intended to welcome immigrants and refugees headed to the U.S. The statue will go up on the hilltop parking lot of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in San Ysidro, where community members convened Friday to kick off a crowdfunding campaign to raise $1 million to build … [Read more...]

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Los Angeles archdiocese launches donation campaign for immigrant families

Online donation page shared with all parishes in LA, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties; proceeds will be used for legal and education assistance to families through Catholic Charities’ Esperanza Rights Project

In an effort to assist reunited immigrant and refugee families, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in partnership with Catholic Charities Los Angeles, is launching an online donation page that will be shared with all the parishes in LA, Ventura and Santa Barbara. The proceeds will be used for legal and education assistance to families through Catholic Charities’ Esperanza Rights … [Read more...]

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Six bishops, 16 priests hear confessions, say Mass at ICE detention center

Delegation organized by California Catholic Conference allowed inside Adelanto Immigration and Customs Enforcement Processing Center also included several nuns and volunteers

A group of Catholic leaders in California were allowed inside the Adelanto Immigration and Customs Enforcement Processing Center July 25. The delegation, organized by the California Catholic Conference, consisted of six bishops, 16 priests and several nuns and volunteers. During their time there, the bishops and priests heard confessions and celebrated four separate Masses … [Read more...]

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In the fight for immigrants, Cardinal Roger Mahony works out of the spotlight

He told Archbishop Jose Gomez he would “stay below the radar”

Standing beneath the wooden panels of a church in the San Gabriel Valley, Cardinal Roger Mahony delivered a message that has over decades become a refrain. “Immigrants are our brothers and sisters,” he said, celebrating Mass in Spanish on a recent Sunday. The government may demonize them, but “they aren’t our enemies.” He told parishioners of their responsibility to fight for … [Read more...]

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“Unconscionable tactics to drive asylum seekers deep into the desert”

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath tells large crowd at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph that he is "profoundly disturbed and disheartened" by U.S. immigration policy

The Catholic diocese of San Jose held a prayer service for immigration reform and reunification of migrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday night at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph. Bishop Patrick McGrath presided over the service and began with, “pray for those who can’t come to public service such as this” to an almost-packed church. The prayer … [Read more...]

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An evening of prayer and solidarity for migrant families and immigration reform

Bishop Patrick McGrath calls on Catholics to join vigil for immigrants at Cathedral Basilica of San Jose on July 17

Dear Brothers and Sisters, In light of the recent developments on the US ~ Mexico border with families being separated, I am calling all Catholics from our Diocese to join me in an evening of prayer and solidarity for migrant families and immigration reform. This vigil will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of San Jose on Tuesday, July 17th, from 7-8 PM. There will be … [Read more...]

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“Family separation did not begin with this administration”

Archbishop José Gomez reflects on recent trip to international border at McAllen, Texas

I am writing from McAllen, Texas, where I have joined some of my brother bishops to pray and try to bring hope to the hundreds of undocumented children being detained here and in nearby Brownsville. McAllen is in the Rio Grande Valley, about five miles north of the Mexican border. It is now the center of the humanitarian crisis caused by our government’s policy of separating … [Read more...]

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Los Angeles archbishop to lead pilgrimage to Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Archbishop José Gomez will present hundreds of prayers from faithful across Southern California

For the second year and under the spiritual leadership of Archbishop José H. Gomez, 140 faithful of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will begin a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, in Mexico City on Thursday July 5, 2018.  The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe houses the original tilma (or cloak) of Juan Diego, which holds the … [Read more...]

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