Orlando, a migrant from Ecuador, carries four-year-old Peter as they wade through the Rio Grande from Mexico into Eagle Pass, Texas, Oct. 6, 2023. (OSV News photo/Adrees Latif, Reuters)

Advocate raises questions about a border proposal becoming an election issue

A leading Catholic immigration advocate has raised questions about whether restrictions in a bipartisan border proposal now before Congress will help the situation or make it worse for migrants trying to enter the U.S.
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Sister Norma Pimentel, a Missionary of Jesus, poses Nov. 11, 2023, at the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas, which helps migrants released by Border Patrol reach their final destinations in the United States. The center, a project of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley in the Brownsville Diocese, has served more than 1,500 migrants daily (OSV News/David Agren)

‘We Have To Defend Life,’ Says Sister Norma, Who Ministers at Border

In many ways, Sister Norma, a Missionary of Jesus, has become the face of the Catholic response to migrants in the Rio Grande Valley, where she leads Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Brownsville.
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In this file photo, Pope Francis meets refugees at the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece, in 2016. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

U.S. bishop urges bipartisan support for resettlement of refugees

Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, commended the Biden administration's refugee admissions allocations for fiscal year 2024.
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Migrants, mostly from Venezuela, are seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, crossing the Rio Grande Sept. 21, 2023, to return to Mexico from the United States, after members of the U.S. Texas National Guard extended razor wire to inhibit migrant crossing. The group planned to seek asylum in the U.S. (OSV News photo/Jose Luis Gonzalez, Reuters)

U.S. Border Patrol records increase in arrests; situation of migrants in Mexico deteriorates

A surge in migration through Mexico during the month of September has provoked a "migratory crisis," according to Catholics who are working with migrants.
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Arriving in Marseille, pope prepares to speak up for protecting migrants

Pope Francis arrived in the ancient port city of Marseille Sept. 22 for a two-day visit that was to focus on the plight of migrants and other opportunities and threats facing the Mediterranean Sea and the nations along its shores.
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Pope Francis at a news conference

On flight to Rome, pope responds to questions about abuse, his health

After a five-day trip to Portugal, which recently came to terms with its own clerical sex abuse crisis, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church must abandon its practice of covering up abuse and instead be "very open" about how it ...
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