Alvarez, a parishioner of Incarnation Sagrado Corazon in Minneapolis, traveled to Washington with a group of leaders from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to speak with congressional leaders, then stayed behind to carry out the fast.
Sweden is one of the few countries in Europe where the Catholic Church is growing, a shift largely due to refugees and immigrants arriving in the predominantly Lutheran and increasingly secular country.
The good news is that the 193 United Nations member states have unanimously agreed to develop a new Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration, one that incorporates the goals of Pope Francis.
The Supreme Court's order means that the Trump administration can fully carry out the ban -- which is now in its third iteration.
The United States has removed itself from another international dialogue aimed at tackling a complex international challenge—migration.