Canada welcomed World Refugee Day June 20 with at least 45,000 already-sponsored refugees scattered across the globe, stuck waiting as long as four years while their ready-and-willing sponsors marvel at the willingness of the Canadian government bureaucracy to squander their dedication, faith and goodwill.
Chalice made from the wood of a refugee boat from Lamedusa was shown by Holy Cross Father Daniel Groody as he spoke of the tensions in the topic of immigration, human rights, civil law and natural law, and national security and human security to the U.S. Bishops June 14.
Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, noted the U.S. bishops for years have pushed for comprehensive immigration reform, but the nation’s refugee and immigration policy, he said, is going the opposite direction, with a renewed emphasis on enforcement-only efforts.
While the investigations into the very first alleged apparitions at Medjugorje in must continue, Pope Francis said he has doubts about claims that Mary continues to appear in the village of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Memo from the acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, James W. McCament, state conditions in Haiti no longer support its designation for a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) which would force 58,000 people to return to Haiti in an already fragile situation.
Bishop writes a book that grapples with the thorny issues of immigration, regarding both legal immigrants and unauthorized immigrants, as well as education, youth formation, political activism and encouraging voting. But it was written before the political catapulting of Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee and then his election as president.
Many attended one of several informational forums taking place at parishes around the diocese intended to educate and inform Mexican citizens of their civil and human rights.
Pope Francis speaks to the defense of the life, dignity and human rights of migrants and refugees and the current global migration crisis requires international cooperation and policies that “respect both those who welcome and those who are welcomed.”
This year especially, before we unthinkingly put on our green shirts for the Irish March 17 or our red sweaters for the Italians March 19 or 20, we should pause to remember the past and the lessons it teaches us.
In a time of personal crisis, immigrants in the country without documents are turning in large numbers to their church for spiritual counsel and practical legal assistance through Catholic Charities.
Recalling that Pope Benedict XVI once said that those who live with hope live differently, Auxiliary Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville of Washington said faith communities have a lot to offer immigrant, refugee and other communities currently experiencing fear.
The breadth of President Donald Trump’s authority to limit refugees entering the United States will be fought in federal court and some of the legal challenges ultimately may end up before the U.S. Supreme Court.