In light of the events of the recent September days and the first week of October, we have been presented with many occasions to reflect, pray and act on how we treat each other, respond to those in need and use our beautiful world in a responsible way.
Daisy is in her early 20s and is studying to be a nurse. She doesn't have her papers. She is a Dreamer, and she told me her story on the M60 bus from LaGuardia to Manhattan's West Side.
Notes from the Field - Part of my mission in Jordan was to work in ministry to Iraqi refugees. In my months working with refugees. Despite the struggles the Iraqi refugees I met face, I found them to be kind, warm, smart, well-educated, and optimistic amid their hard situation.
Immigration activists say they are committed to passing a Dream Act without anti-immigrant measures, despite Trump's recent insistence that any legislation protecting DACA recipients be paired with his policy demands.
Greyhound had canceled bus service in San Antonio, and about 50 immigrants were stranded at the downtown station. Sr. Denise LaRock helped contact city officials and nonprofit organizations, and a local church agreed to shelter the immigrants during the storm.
South Sudan's future is bound up with fear, something on vivid and visceral display at the large United Nations camps outside of the capital of Juba. At the Protection of Civilians, or POC, Camp #3, nearly 40,000 people are congested into an area that is only a quarter-square mile. As people violently uprooted from their homes, they are trapped, afraid to leave the compound.
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.
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