US Catholic Faith in Real Life

How to heed Pope Francis’ message on migration

We must reject the ‘globalization of indifference’ toward refugees, says the president of the International Catholic Migration Commission.

By Anne Gallagher |
Article News

Lampedusa is a speck of land in the southern Mediterranean, less than eight square miles in size and with a population of around 6,000. It belongs to Italy but lies much closer to North Africa. Over the past 20 years, it is estimated that around 400,000 migrants making their way by sea to the European mainland have landed on Lampedusa. At least 15,000 have died on the way.

5 ways Catholics can take action to help immigrant families

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) is working to stand with immigrants across the country.

By Michelle Fordice |
Article Justice

The separation of children from their parents at the border has thrown our country’s immigration problems into high relief. Many Americans responded to the administration’s policy change with outrage. Though the president signed an executive order on June 20 that nominally ends this family separation policy, the crisis is not over.

We, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC), know this from our long experience working with immigrants and from the witness of our 330 affiliates across the country.

Want to fight for families on the border? Take a cue from these nuns

The fight to protect undocumented immigrants is tougher than ever, but two dedicated nuns show no signs of stopping.

By Kim Bellware |
Article Justice News
Just after sunrise on a below-freezing January morning, a huddle of people gathered outside a nondescript Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in the Chicago suburb of Broadview for a vigil the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants (ICDI) has been holding every week for more than 11 years. 

Little has changed for immigrants 10 years after the Postville raid

Ten years after one of the nation’s largest immigration raids, faith communities are calling for a renewed commitment to immigration reform.

By Jeannine M. Pitas |
Article News

In the spring of 2008, a visitor to the small town of Postville, Iowa might have been surprised at what she found. In a region populated mostly by descendants of 19-century Western European immigrants, Postville’s population of about 2,000 people reflected a diversity normally not associated with rural America. Catholic and Protestant European Americans lived and worked alongside Hasidic Jews and immigrants from Guatemala, Mexico, Ukraine, Russia, and elsewhere.

Make 2018 another year of mercy

Mercy should be our policy on undocumented people.

By Kevin Clarke |
Article Justice News

Rosa Maria Hernandez is a 10-year-old girl from Laredo, Texas. She has cerebral palsy and was on the verge of being deported to a nation she has never known. Her ordeal suggests the whole country should consider a collective New Year’s resolution for 2018: Let’s be more merciful this year.

How one man started a mission to resettle Syrian refugees

Ed Wethli welcomed a Syrian refugee family into his home and kick-started an international movement.

By Jennifer Szweda Jordan |
Article Justice

Thomas Gabriel, a Syrian refugee, considers the events of the past three years nothing short of a miracle. 

What we can learn from a Canadian response to refugees

A new Canadian program makes a point to celebrate refugees, rather than demonize them.

By Julia Pryce and Michael Kelly |
Article News

Ammar (not his real name), a refugee from Syria, entered Canada two years ago at the age of 14. When he first moved to Canada with his mother and sister, he was extremely shy and had no friends or sense of community. But now, at 16, Ammar is an active member of an innovative group mentoring and youth development program called “Conversation Club.” After becoming more immersed in the program, Ammar says, “Now I can speak freely to other people, to my friends like this. Like when I came here, I don’t have any friends. Then, I came here and made all my friends.”

Show me the way to go home

Father Daniel Berrigan reflects on refugees, Christ, and the American Dream.

By Father Daniel Berrigan |
Article Justice

There isn’t much sense talking about “roots” unless you can also point to flowers, fruits, leaves, fronds, seeds.

Thus we point to what the poets call the human condition, borrowing from around us to look within us.

Refugees are uprooted.

You look into the eyes of boat children; they have the look of people torn out of their proper soil, their hair wild as roots, lives dangling in midair.

They’ve lost that look of flowers, that serene becalmed presence, an infinitely sweet persuasion and urging—“Be—like me!”

The U.S. helped cause the refugee crisis. Now we must respond.

The U.S. must take some responsibility for the collateral damage its policies created.

By Kevin Clarke |
Article News

The president has promised a vast reinforced wall on the border to keep migrating people out. Immigration enforcement officers stalk homeless people without documentation outside church-run shelters. Refugee freezes, outright bans, and walls of paperwork keep those attempting to escape from the violent and unstable Middle East from safety.

The lies are killing us: The need for immigration reform

Understanding that “you are my other self” will lead us to a new national vision grounded in solidarity.

By Msgr. Arturo Bañuelas |
Article Justice

I come from the El Paso-Juárez border communities. For the past 15 years, El Paso has been ranked as the second safest city in the nation, while, just across the border, Ciudad Juárez ranks the second most dangerous city in the world. Daily in Juárez eight to 10 people are murdered, decapitated, kidnapped, tortured, or are simply disappeared.