Guatemalans make it to Coachella Valley

860 "lucky ones" taken in by Catholic Charities

The following comes from a Dec. 20 story in the Inland Catholic Byte, a publication of the San Bernardino diocese. Beginning in late October, the Diocese began receiving mostly Guatemalan migrants at locations in the lower Coachella Valley, transported by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel. It is a collaborative effort with Catholic Charities San … [Read more...]

Tijuana archbishop concelebrates Mass, gives homily in Oakland diocese

Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón visited four parishes to offer catechesis in advance of Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe

Work, humanity and bridges of collaboration are needed to make progress in dealing with migration, advises the archbishop of Tijuana, Mexico. The archbishop, Most Rev. Francisco Moreno Barrón, visited the Oakland diocese at the invitation of Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ. Archbishop Moreno concelebrated the Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe and gave the homily on Dec. … [Read more...]

Tijuana archbishop urges solidarity with Central American migrants

Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón says thousands of Central Americans who have reached Tijuana hoping to cross the border into the United States “took us by surprise”

Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón of Tijuana encouraged the faithful in his homily on November 25 to share “from our poverty” with the Central American migrants arriving in the city. Thousands of Central American migrants have reached Tijuana in their attempt to cross the border to the United States. The first migrant caravan, which left Honduras Oct. 13, numbers more than … [Read more...]

Rough reception in Tijuana

As caravan from Central America arrives in border city, residents demanded that they leave, sang the Mexican national anthem and shouted, "Mexico!"

The first participants in the caravan of Central Americans arriving in Tijuana, Mexico, were met with hostility as residents of an affluent neighborhood confronted migrants wanting to camp on a beach near the border fence separating the United States and Mexico. The residents demanded the migrants leave Tijuana, sang the Mexican national anthem and shouted, "Mexico!" as … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]