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  • Immigrants need mercy, justice, religious leaders at L.A. vigil say
    April 4, 2014  |  In The News, The Latest  |  

    Several of Southern California’s most prominent religious leaders gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Friday in a vigil for immigration reform, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation’s immigration laws.

    Several of Southern California’s most prominent religious leaders gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Friday in a vigil for immigration reform, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation’s immigration laws.

  • Local religious leaders unite for change in immigration law
    April 4, 2014  |  In The News  |  

    Several of Southern California’s most prominent religious leaders held a vigil for immigration reform in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, underscoring a growing interfaith effort to change the nation’s laws.

    Immigrants who are in the United States illegally “need mercy and they need justice,” said Archbishop Jose Gomez, welcoming an array of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders to the gathering at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

  • COMUNIDAD: Clérigos continúan la presión por una reforma migratoria
    April 4, 2014  |  In The News  |  

    LOS ÁNGELES – Gabriela Pérez sufre de espina bífida, una malformación congénita en la que existe un cierre incompleto del tubo neural desde los primeros meses de vida. Hoy tiene 21 años y se moviliza en una silla de ruedas, pero aún así, con sus padres y hermanos lucha por una reforma migratoria junto con clérigos de distintas denominaciones.

  • Muslim, Jewish leaders join Archbishop on immigration reform
    April 4, 2014  |  In The News  |  

    For Catholic Angelenos, the setting for the prayer vigil was a familiar one — the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

    But the man speaking from the pulpit was a new face.

    “When people ask me as a Jew, why I care about comprehensive immigration reform, I answer because it is in our Jewish DNA,” said Rabbi Mark Diamond.

  • Immigration and the Catholic Church
    April 2, 2014  |  In The News  |  

    The Catholic Church in the United States has been closely involved on issues related to immigration for over two hundred years. This video highlights the efforts that the Church has undertaken in the past and continues to do so in the present. Advocating on behalf of immigrant communities and providing pastoral support is central to the Church’s work. For more information regarding what the Church is doing today, please visit the Migration and Refugee Services website: http://www.usccb.org/about/migration-..

  • LA’s little ‘ambassador’ to Pope recalls encounter
    April 1, 2014  |  In The News  |  

    Vatican City, Apr 1, 2014 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Jersey Vargas, the 10 year old daughter of undocumented immigrants who traveled from Los Angeles to the Vatican to ask the Pope’s help for herself and children like her, said she is thrilled to have met him.

  • Daddy’s home: 10-year-old Jersey’s prayers have been answered
    March 31, 2014  |  In The News  |  

    Ten-year-old Jersey Vargas’ prayers have been answered. She was reunited with her father, Mario, March 29 at Los Angeles International Airport.

    Mario, an undocumented immigrant detained driving without a license, was released after six months in federal custody March 28 in Louisiana. Jersey took part in a letter-writing campaign asking for Pope Francis to help families like hers who’ve been separated because of immigration status.

  • Mary Ann Walsh: Immigration poicy becomes U.S. disgrace
    March 31, 2014  |  In The News  |  

    The saga of immigrants in 2014 may go down in history as a blight on America. Tragedies abound, from thousands who have died trying to cross the desert from impoverished Mexican towns, to little children born here and fighting for their parents to remain in the country with them. The government is setting records separating families, approaching 2 million deportations in the past five years.

  • Pope moved by little girl’s defence of immigrants ahead of Obama visit
    March 29, 2014  |  In The News, The Latest  |  

    A little Mexican girl sends out an appeal to the Pope ahead of tomorrow’s meeting with US President Barack Obama: Meeting Francis “was a blessing for immigrants. It is something we consider very important to our cause”

  • Prayers answered: Jersey’s undocumented father released from custody
    March 28, 2014  |  In The News, The Latest  |  

    Ten-year-old Jersey Vargas’ prayers have been answered. Her father, Mario, an undocumented immigrant detained for a vehicle code violation, was released from federal custody this afternoon in Louisiana.