Archbishop Gomez prods President Trump to change DACA position

President Donald Trump’s promise to treat undocumented minors with “great heart” needs to be reflected in policy that gives them legal protection, not deportation, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has said. “They did not make the decision to enter

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2017-08-30T12:50:22-07:00August 30th, 2017|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , |6 Comments

Cardinal Roger Mahony blasts Trump over Arpaio pardon

Statement by Cardinal Roger Mahony on the presidential pardon of former Sheriff Arpaio: I am deeply troubled and disgusted by President Trump's pardon of Joe Arapaio, former sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona. The former sheriff's tenure was marked by

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2017-08-30T12:01:37-07:00August 30th, 2017|Categories: Other News|Tags: , , , |25 Comments

California bishops support SB 54 to resist “brutish nativist polemic”

Statement from Bishop Jaime Soto, Sacramento, and president of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops: The California Catholic Conference of Bishops supports SB 54, the California Values Act. In the nation today, some are displacing trust and cooperation with fear

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2017-08-24T10:45:08-07:00August 24th, 2017|Categories: Bishops and church leaders, Immigration|Tags: |21 Comments

California bishops support bill to restrict immigration enforcement

California’s efforts to protect immigrants while balancing legitimate public safety concerns is proving more difficult than many thought. SB 54, the California Values Act (de Leon, D-Los Angeles), is at an impasse, at least temporarily, as Governor Brown, Senate President pro

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2017-07-17T11:46:12-07:00July 17th, 2017|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , |7 Comments

California bishops issue Mother’s Day statement

During this week of Mother’s Day celebrations in the United States and Mexico, the enduring bonds of family will light up social media, overload telephone lines, and overflow many dining tables as children text, call, FaceTime, present home-made cards, feast,

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2017-05-15T10:18:41-07:00May 15th, 2017|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , |2 Comments

Holy Thursday tradition of washing feet turns political

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

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2017-04-14T09:21:29-07:00April 14th, 2017|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Riverside parish asks psychiatrists to help parishioners battling depression and anxiety

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church in Riverside will invite psychiatrists onto its campus to get help for a congregation that is predominantly Latino and struggling with depression and anxiety over immigration crackdowns. The Rev. Miguel R. Ceja,

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2017-04-10T12:02:08-07:00April 10th, 2017|Categories: Other News|Tags: , |11 Comments

Orange diocese sends immigration precautions to all parishes

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

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

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

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California bishops announce support for two immigration measures

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

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2017-03-15T11:41:24-07:00March 15th, 2017|Categories: Immigration|Tags: , , |22 Comments