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U.S., Mexican church leaders criticize Trump’s actions on border security

By Barb Fraze Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Church leaders in the United States and Mexico acknowledged the need for governments to keep their country secure but said two recent U.S. presidential actions could endanger the lives of immigrants and split border communities. President Donald Trump called for construction…


Catholics south of U.S. border say wall won’t deter desperate migrants

By David Agren Catholic News Service MEXICO CITY (CNS) — Catholics working with the thousands of migrants transiting Mexico in their attempts to reach the United States said a border barricade will fail to dissuade those desperately fleeing countries in Central America with some of the highest homicide rates on…


Catholics oppose Trump actions on border wall, sanctuary communities

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic organizations expressed distress and unease with President Donald J. Trump’s actions related to immigration while pledging to continue serving and supporting migrant people. The reactions came within hours of Trump’s signing of executive memorandums on national security Jan. 25 during a visit…


Bishop Vasquez: Trump moves will ‘tear families apart,’ harm communities

By Barb Fraze Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration criticized President Donald Trump’s executive memorandum to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying it would “put immigrant lives needlessly in harm’s way.” Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, chairman…


Trump signs memorandum on building border wall

By Barb Fraze, Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Donald Trump enacted two executive memorandums to deal with the country’s security, including one that calls for construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. “This will stem the flow of drugs, crime and illegal immigration” along the southern border,…


Never underestimate the courage and wisdom of women, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The humble counsel of courageous women should never be disregarded but rather embraced as advice full of God’s divine wisdom, Pope Francis said. Women like the biblical heroine Judith are an example of trusting God amid sufferings and difficulties when…


Pro-life leaders praise House vote to make Hyde Amendment permanent

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — U.S. House passage of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, making the 41-year-old Hyde Amendment permanent, puts the country “one step closer to getting the federal government out of the business of paying for abortion once and for all,” said the president…