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Pope Benedict XVI announced plans for a Synod of Bishops for the Middle East in October 2010 to address the trials of the Christian populations in the region. • After a series of meetings with House and Senate leaders on Sept. 17, a delegation of Hispanic bishops expressed concern that immigrants would be left out of health care reform. • Maria Odom (right), an immigration attorney in Georgia, has been named executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, known as Clinic. • The Rev. Larry Snyder of Catholic Charities cited the economic downturn as a principal reason for a reported 10 percent increase in aid services nationwide from 2007 to 2008. • The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, the newly elected general secretary of the World Council of Churches, said on Vatican Radio on Aug. 28  that he believes it is important to cooperate with the Catholic Church to address common challenges. • Rick Curry, S.J., the founder of the National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped was ordained to the priesthood on Sept. 13 in Washington, D.C., after serving many years as a Jesuit brother.

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“Amoris Laetitia” addresses the reality of Catholics in “non-legitimate unions” and opens the possibility for them to receive the Eucharist under certain conditions.
Gerard O'ConnellFebruary 22, 2017
Immigration officials “no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement” and “have full authority to arrest or apprehend an alien whom an immigration officer has probable cause to believe is in violation of the immigration laws.”
Michael O'LoughlinFebruary 21, 2017
El sistema de libre empresa es compatible con nuestra preocupación por los desfavorecidos, escribe un economista y católico converso.
Arthur C. BrooksFebruary 21, 2017
The pope's emphasis on protecting undocumented workers is particularly significant for Europe and the United States, where the treatment of refugees and migrants has been a consistent challenge.
Gerard O'ConnellFebruary 21, 2017