‘Time to reconsider our tactics on DACA’

To win hearts and minds, Dreamers should do less disrupting and more listening and talking with Americans who disagree, says Isaac Cuevas

The following is from an Angelus article by Isaac Cuevas, associate director of immigration affairs for Los Angeles archdiocese: Recently, I found myself in a car with two DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program recipients driving from central L.A. to Camarillo to speak to seminarians about our country’s broken immigration system. We each shared our immigration … [Read more...]

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Hostility to immigrants is a sin, Pope says

Pope Francis led a Mass on January 14 for the Catholic Church’s World Day of Migrants and Refugees

In a sense, every papal liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica has symbolic value, but rarely was that symbolism more overtly on display than on Sunday, when Pope Francis led a Mass for the Catholic Church’s Jan. 14 World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Obviously intended to drive home the message that migrants are refugees and not just abstractions for Catholicism, but part of its … [Read more...]

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“This action by our president is heartbreaking”

Oakland Bishop Michael Barber decries decision by Trump administration to rescind Temporary Protective Status for El Salvadorans, offers those affected help from the diocese

Dear brothers and sisters, I write to you today regarding the recent decision by the Trump administration to rescind Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for approximately 200,000 El Salvadorans living in the United States.  This action by our president is heartbreaking. I am particularly troubled we are disrupting the lives of people who immigrated here legally under an order … [Read more...]

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“An inhumane choice”

Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez says federal government should reconsider decision to end Temporary Protective Status for more than 200,000 Salvadorans living in the U.S.

Archbishop José H. Gomez today issued the following statement on the termination of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for more than 200,000 Salvadorans living in the U.S. Catholics this week are celebrating 50th anniversary of National Migration Week (Jan. 7-13), an annual time of reflection on the contributions that immigrants and refugees continue to make to our economy and … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Cordileone reminds Catholics of duty to welcome the stranger

"It is important that our people understand what our Church teaches on this critical and timely topic, which provides the rationale for the sorts of policies for which we advocate"

In the year 2000, the bishops of the dioceses along the border between Mexico and Texas wrote a letter to the presidents of the Mexican and U.S. Conferences of Catholic Bishops. In the letter, they expressed their concern for the loss of life and destruction of family life resulting from existing immigration policies and practices. For myself, ministering in another border … [Read more...]

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US bishops’ blog offers ‘racial examination of conscience’

USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development recommends we ask ourselves a series of questions to find out if we're closet racists

The following is a “racial examination of conscience” put together by Mark Schmidt for the USCCB's Department of Justice, Peace & Human Development. Mark Schmidt is Director of the Office of Respect Life and Social Justice in the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa. 1. Do I interact with people who are different from me outside of work or school? 2. Do I read books or stories … [Read more...]

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San Jose bishop issues Christmas message

Bishop Patrick McGrath: "As 2017 draws to a close, we entrust ourselves and all peoples to the Lord, knowing that He is particularly close to those who continue to seek refuge from 21st Century Herods"

Dear Brothers and Sisters, During Advent, we celebrate the in-breaking of the Lord into human history – anticipating His Coming at the end of time as we reflect upon His Birth long ago. As we approach Christmas, we remain watchful that, while looking to the events of Bethlehem long ago, we may not overlook the many ways God is present today in our world and in our lives. When … [Read more...]

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Three CA bishops sign letter urging Republican support for DACA

Dec. 1 open letter signed by Bishop Kevin Vann (Orange), Bishop Gerald Barnes (San Bernardino) and Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell (Los Angeles) calls on Rep. Mimi Walters and Rep. Ed Royce to back legislation

Congressional members Mimi Walters and Ed Royce have received a unique letter – it was signed by every Catholic pastor in their districts, and it asks for more action and less talk on DACA. Parishioners across Orange County also will hear more about the so-called Dreamers from their church pews this Sunday and throughout Advent, which leads up to Christmas. The bishops of the … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Jose Gomez urges action to protect DACA youths

Calls for Catholics in the Los Angeles archdiocese to​ urge their representatives in the U.S. House to protect young men and women who were brought to this country as minors by undocumented parents

With a deadline looming for congressional action, Archbishop José H. Gomez is calling on Catholics and all people in the Los Angeles Archdiocese to urge their House representatives to protect more than 800,000 young men and women who were brought to this country as minors by undocumented parents.  Most of these young people have been living without authorization in this … [Read more...]

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“How would you want to be treated if you were in their situation?”

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco sides with father of three following his detention by immigration authorities

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco asked the United States to take its temperature as a society after he got personally involved in the detention case of an immigrant in the country illegally. In May, Hugo Mejia, 37, and a co-worker were handcuffed by federal immigration officials when they reported for work at a construction site at Travis Air Force Base in … [Read more...]

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