Immigrants and refugees, church leaders on immigration issues, government policies on immigration issues

Filipino seminarians make up a fifth of the student body
St. Patrick's Seminary celebrates Philippine's patron saint

On Sept. 27, the St. Patrick’s Seminary & University community celebrated the feast day of San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila, the patron saint of the Philippines and the Filipino people, with a procession, Mass and traditional Filipino feast.  San

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2019-10-30T05:38:47-08:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Immigration|Tags: |2 Comments

Santa Clara University’s new president cares about migrants
Oct. 11 inauguration includes panel on family separation, posada, clothing drive

Father O'Brien worked on border near Nogales Media are invited to attend a formal, celebratory ceremony installing Kevin O’Brien, S.J., as the 29th president of Santa Clara University... Delegates representing more than five dozen universities across the United States—including

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Archbishop Gomez: “We can heal what is broken in America”
Mass for Immigrants concelebrated by nine Southern California bishops, including Archbishop Emeritus Cardinal Roger Mahony

At a Sept. 7 Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles called migrants to witness to America the healing love of Christ, which has the power to restore unity to a divided nation. “My brothers

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2019-09-10T15:06:29-08:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: Immigration|Tags: |17 Comments

Thousands anticipated at Mass for immigrants
Participants from Southern California dioceses expected at Mass on September 7, in Los Angeles

Thousands of faithful, including those from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the Dioceses of San Bernardino, Orange, San Diego and Fresno are preparing to unite in prayer to celebrate the immigrant spirit of the U.S. at the Mass in

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2019-09-06T13:54:16-08:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: Immigration|Tags: |19 Comments

Bishop Kevin Vann condemns President Trump
Diocese of Orange leader says president emboldens "those with hate in their hearts and guns in their hands"

We are hurting. The public charge regulation being finalized  this week  is just the latest attack against immigrant families by this administration. Despite overwhelming opposition, the Trump administration has chosen to advance a regulation that directly harms families and

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2019-08-23T10:15:41-08:00August 23rd, 2019|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , |103 Comments

Just another guy with an opinion
Why don't Catholics listen to bishops on immigration?

Pope Francis and Donald Trump make little effort to conceal their disagreements. During the 2016 US presidential election, Francis suggested that Trump was “not Christian” for proposing to build a wall along the US-Mexico border – his campaign’s signature policy.

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2019-07-16T06:51:51-08:00July 16th, 2019|Categories: Immigration|Tags: |3 Comments

U.S. bishops applaud Supreme Court ruling on census
5-4 ruling blocks inclusion of citizenship question on 2020 census

The US bishops applauded the Supreme Court's June 27 decision blocking the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 census under the reasons proffered by the Commerce Department. “We affirm last week’s decision by the Supreme Court that

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2019-07-05T09:05:26-08:00July 5th, 2019|Categories: Immigration|7 Comments

San Francisco-area parishioners volunteer at border refugee centers

As the House of Representatives passed legislation June 25 to provide $4.5 billion in emergency funding for humanitarian aid at the U.S.-Mexico border, local Catholics are on the scene, just returning from or heading there to support families seeking

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2019-07-03T07:20:28-08:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: Immigration|Tags: |1 Comment

Bishop Kevin Vann writes strongly-worded letter on border crisis

The following is an excerpt from a letter from Bishop Kevin Vann. The letter, published by Orange County Catholic on June 28, calls on the federal government to sign legislation to sufficiently fund border-related humanitarian assistance. Congress adopted a

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2019-07-02T12:57:15-08:00July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Immigration|14 Comments