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Following the resignation of a prominent member and abuse survivor, a pontifical commission charged with addressing issues related to clergy sex abuse vowed to continue to seek input from victims and survivors.
In Spanish, the word “encuentro” means encounter and in the modern church in the U.S., it refers to a series of meetings that will take place over the next four years aimed at getting to know Latinos and producing more involvement in the church of its second largest and fastest growing community.
An Archdiocese of Mexico City editorial condemned Mexican companies wishing to work on the proposed wall being built on the U.S.-Mexico border as “traitors” and called on authorities to castigate any company that provides services for fencing off the frontier.
Visiting Milan, the center of Italian fashion and finance, Pope Francis spent the morning with the poor and those who minister to them.
As the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, moved into the March 23 testimony phase with those for and against his nomination taking the floor, the Democrats announced plans to filibuster his nomination.
I recently visited the home of local Catholics, Jose and Isabel. Nearly 20 years ago, the couple left Mexico and came to the United States because there was no future for them in their hometown. They would have sought regular work visas to come to the U.S. legally if that possibility had been offered to them. Coming illegally was risky, but a real life was worth it. They both found good jobs and have been working more than full-time and paying taxes since they arrived. They got married in their Catholic parish, and they have three children who are U.S. citizens. Both are actively involved in ministries in their parish and sacrifice to pay what they can so that their children can attend Catholic school. They both speak English, and neither has a criminal record.
Recientemente visité la casa de los Católicos de la localidad, José e Isabel, desde hace casi 20 años esta pareja llegó de México a los Estados Unidos porque no había un futuro para ellos en su pueblo. Ellos con gusto hubieran solicitado visas de trabajo regulares para venir a los Estados Unidos legalmente, si hubieran tenido acceso a ellas y se les hubieran concedido esta posibilidad. Venir ilegalmente fue arriesgado, pero por una vida verdadera valía la pena el riesgo; ambos encontraron buenos trabajos y han estado trabajando más de la jornada completa y han estado pagando impuestos desde que llegaron. Se casaron en su iglesia Católica y sus tres hijos son ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos. Ambos participan activamente en los ministerios parroquiales y se sacrifican para pagar lo que pueden para que sus hijos puedan asistir a la escuela Católica. Ambos hablan Inglés y ninguno de ellos tiene antecedente penal.
Dozens of little wax flowers lay on the table in front of her. With a gentle grip, Judy Hamrick picks up each one and covers the back in glue.