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Nations serve their own interests as well as the good of migrants when they adopt family-friendly immigration policies, said a statement issued on May 14 by the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers. • Jesuit-run Marquette University, in Milwaukee, on May 6 rescinded a job offer to a Seattle professor who is openly gay, a decision that has been criticized by some Marquette faculty members and students. • Projects aimed at rebuilding church infrastructure damaged by the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile will receive nearly $1 million from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. • U.N. human rights experts urge the State of Arizona and the U.S. government “to take all measures necessary to ensure that the immigration law is in line with international human rights standards.” • Promising to dispel age-old biases and shed some light on how the Roman Inquisition really worked, the Vatican has released hundreds of documents describing in detail the Inquisition’s investigations. • The Diocese of Burlington, Vt., announced on May 13 that it had settled 26 lawsuits involving sexual abuse by clerics for nearly $18 million and will sell diocesan property to cover the cost.

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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