Horizons - In ministry, I walk with many beloved migrants, but I'm never quite sure how to characterize what I "do." The pope's words and a new campaign give me insight: I share the journey. In doing so, I have seen the face of Christ.
Although she died 100 years ago, St. Frances Cabrini is a shining example of "love and intelligence" in ministering to the needs of immigrants and helping them become integral members of their new homelands, Pope Francis said.
Many religious congregations support the program Asylee Women Enterprise, which has helped over 400 women asylum-seekers achieve independence. The congregations provide volunteering, housing for the women and financial aid for the center's program. The first woman who came to them, just before Christmas 2010, was pregnant and fleeing war-torn Afghanistan. "Sarah" had nowhere to go and didn't know anyone in her new country, where she hoped to gain asylum. The Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore took her in, and her baby boy was born on Jan. 6, the feast of the Epiphany.
"Reprehensible," "unconscionable," "historic injustice," "cruel," "disgraceful": As deportation hangs over 800,000 people, sisters and other Catholic leaders react to the Trump administration's announcement that it will end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Immigrants and their advocates are in a rush to save the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy as 10 state lawmakers are threatening to amend a lawsuit to attack the program as unconstitutional.
Malaysia is the destination country of thousands of migrant persons known as Rohingya, an ethnic group long settled but denied citizenship in their birth country of Myanmar. The Rohingya ethnicity implies Muslim religious identification, making them a double minority in Myanmar. This column reflects the experiences of our Good Shepherd Sisters' shelters in Malaysia, giving a small glimpse of the vast perils and occasional small victories of the human spirit told through stories.
Calling for an end to human smuggling and trafficking, the Sisters of Divine Providence of San Antonio, Texas, are inviting people of faith to their prayer vigil Friday, July 28, following the fatal smuggling of undocumented immigrants in San Antonio.
Dorothy Day frequently quoted Fyodor Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov: "Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams." Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson strives for love in action. Its website says it is a community of faith, hope, love and witness in the borderlands, briefly citing a history of racial integration and a vision of serving all. I visited the church in late April with a Loretto Community delegation to the border.
World Refugee Day - Tension remains amid relative calm in Wau, and the thousands who fled violence and found refuge at the city's St. Mary Cathedral still fear to return to their looted homes.
In guidance posted June 15, the Department of Homeland Security said the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will continue, ensuring that so-called "Dreamers" are safe from deportation for the duration of their work permits.
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