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Catholics urged to ignore rhetoric, help immigrants facing deportation

A National Migration Week discussion examined the plight of individuals affected by President Trump's 2017 order on deportation. More than 12 million people face removal from the U.S. because of irregular or precarious immigration status.

Catholics condemn ‘racist’ comments attributed to president

President Trump reportedly used profanity to describe Haiti, El Salvador and some African nations. Because immigrants from those countries "are primarily people of color, these alleged remarks are especially disturbing," said a U.S. bishops' spokesman.

Laity taking their rightful place in pro-life work, ministry

Building a culture of life is not solely the work of bishops and ordained clergy. Laypeople take the lead in diocesan and parish settings, and in independent organizations, to make the case for life.

Mass offers mothers, families solace after infant loss and miscarriage

For nearly a decade, the candlelit vigil Mass has offered women and families who have lost infant children or miscarried a place to pray together in Houston.

Event aims to continue prayers following March for Life

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is launching what it calls a virtual pilgrimage through the "9 Days for Life" event, asking Catholics and people of goodwill to participate, in person or via social media, in a variety of prayers.

Walls between respect life, social justice camps come tumbling down

The desire to protect human dignity from conception to natural death is increasingly being embraced by Catholics, bringing together the respect life advocates and the social justice advocates to carry out the church's call to missionary discipleship.

Catholic school founder among mudslides’ fatalities in California

The founder of a Catholic school in Ventura is among the fatalities caused by mudslides in Southern California, which have left at least 17 people dead and many others missing or injured in Montecito.

Catholic Charities in Iowa archdiocese ends refugee resettlement program

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque is preparing to end its refugee resettlement program after 77 years in operation. The primary reason the program is closing down is because the numbers of refugees are down.

Couple celebrates new home, mourn pilot lost in crash that took old home

In March 2017, Deacon Norm Keller and his wife, Barbara, lost their home in Marietta after a private plane crashed into their front yard and exploded.

Bishops ‘encouraged’ by consensus that DACA solution ‘urgently needed’

Catholic bishops cautioned against "unrelated or controversial elements of immigration policy -- especially those that jeopardize the sanctity of families -- into the bipartisan solution for the 'Dreamers,'" said Bishop Joe Vasquez.