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US Bishops stand in solidarity with Mexican Church over Trump migrant ban

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Bishop Joe S Vásquez of Austin, Chairman of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Committee on Migration has issued a statement in support of Catholic Bishops of Mexico who have expressed concern regarding a recent agreement between Mexico and the United States which will restrict the flow of migrants at the US/Mexico Border.

On June 10, the Catholic Bishops of Mexico stated: ...

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Mexico: 'Migrants must not be treated as currency'

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Mexico's Catholic bishops have issued a statement protesting over an agreement signed between the United States and Mexico over customs tariffs and migration.

The statement signed by the President and Secretary General of the Mexican Episcopal Conference (CEM), Archbishop of Monterrey, Mgr Rogelio Cabrera Lopez, and Auxiliary Bishop of Monterrey, Mgr Alfonso Miranda Guardiola says: "As Me...

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Alaska summer camp aims to radiate 'beauty of Catholic faith'

St. Therese's Camp in Wasilla, Alaska, is gearing up for another summer of canoeing, archery, field games, campfires and camaraderie - all within the context of celebrating a vibrant Catholic faith.

The 57-acre lakeside camp is about to embark on its sixth summer season, serving kids in grades three through 12.

"St Therese's endeavours to make the week one of positive and encouragin...

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Canada: AoS supports ship crew after seafarer falls overboard

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A port chaplain in Canada has spoken about the grief felt by the family and crew mates of a Sri Lankan seafarer who fell overboard in the Saint Lawrence River.

Fr Andrew Thavam, the Montreal chaplain from seafarers' charity Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) was one of the first people to meet the Maersk Patras crew when the containership berthed at the port the day after the incident ...

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US Bishops urge prayer and support after deadly tornadoes hit Midwest

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After tornadoes killed three people in Missouri and storms brought devastation to parts of the Midwest and areas from Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois, Bishop Frank J Dewane of Venice, Florida and Chairman of the US Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed grief over the lives lost and damage threatened by the tornadoes and storms, and o...

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US Bishops respond to House Vote on Equality Act

Five chairmen of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have responded to the US House of Representatives' passage of the Equality Act (HR. 5) on May 17, 2019 in the following statement:

The Act would add the new terms "sexual orientation" and "gender identity," as well as "pregnancy […] or a related medical condition," to the definition of "sex" in federal civil rights...

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US ordination class of 2019 report shows importance of accompaniment in vocational discernment

According to the American Centre for Applied Research in the Apostolate's (CARA) survey of the Ordination Class of 2019, encouragement and accompaniment are key to fostering priestly vocations. Of all responding ordinands, 92% reported being encouraged to consider the priesthood by someone in their life, giving credit to an average of four individuals for influencing their vocation. A majority ...

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USA: Thousands of new Catholics welcomed at Easter Vigil Masses

Dioceses across the United States welcomed more than 37,000 people into the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil Masses on the evening of 20 April, the US Bishops Conference report.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the largest in the United States, welcomed 1,560 catechumens and 913 candidates; the Archdiocese of San Francisco welcomed 174 catechumens and 175 candidates; and the Diocese of Sa...

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Mexican bishops deplore plight of migrants

The Catholic Bishops in north east Mexico have united to welcome convoys of migrants attempting to enter the country and pass to the border with the United States of America. Bishop Alonso Garza Treviño, of the diocese of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, says he intends to open a new Migrants Home in that area. Similar decisions have been taken by the Archbishop of Monterrey, Rogelio Cabrera López, ...

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Catholic Church urges US government to designate Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela

Bishop Joe S Vásquez, Chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Migration Committee, and Sean Callahan, CEO of Catholic Relief Services, have sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, and Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, urging an 18-month designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela.

TPS is a temporary, renewable, and statutorily-aut...

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Pope Francis names new Archbishop of Washington DC

Pope Francis has named the Most Reverend Wilton D Gregory as the new Archbishop of Washington. The appointment was announced in Washington, DC, on 4 April by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States.

Archbishop Wilton Gregory, 71, was born on December 7, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. He attended the University of Saint Mary at Mundelein Seminary, and completed his ...

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California: Catholic leaders welcome governor's decision to halt executions

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Yesterday morning, Gavin Newsome, the Catholic Governor of California, announced a moratorium on the death penalty. Up that date, 737 inmates in the state were on Death Row. The ruling means they will not be executed during the governor's tenure.

"I cannot sign off on executing hundreds and hundreds of human beings, knowing that among them will be innocent human beings," Newsom told a pr...

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US bishops oppose new government asylum policy

Bishop Joe S Vásquez

US bishops issued a statement yesterday in which they oppose a new government policy forcing people seeking asylum in the United States to wait in Mexico - sometimes for many months before they can apply for their cases to be heard.

Bishop Joe S Vásquez, of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration and Sean Callahan, President and CEO of Cat...

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US archbishop calls for prayers after deadly tornados rip through southern states

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Rescue workers are continuing to search for survivors of the deadly tornadoes which tore through Alabama, Georgia, Florida and parts of South Carolina on Sunday. Twenty three people are known to have died, but the emergency services expect the death toll to rise. Thousands of homes are without power, and many have been destroyed or badly damaged.

Archbishop Thomas J Rodi of Mobile, Alabam...

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