Franciscan Friars at Southern Border

Five Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn discovered that when they wore those official-looking clothes for a day in early August during a trip they made to a shelter in El Paso, Texas. They were helping immigrants who had just been in ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) custody.

Labor Day and Welcoming Immigrants

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,Who will kill our chickens or dress our beef? Perhaps this seems a strange question for us on the East Coast, since we are so far away from the processing centers for the chicken we love to buy so cheaply and the beef that today is a bit more expensive.

A Church of Immigrants

Last Saturday, as the St. Patrick’s Parade filled Fifth Avenue with the music of bagpipes and marching bands, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, greeted the crowd from the sidewalk in front of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. It was a symbolic image – two descendants of Irish and Italian immigrants as the leaders of the Catholic Church in the greatest city of the world.

As Caravan Moves North, Catholics Insist Seeking Asylum Not a Crime

As President Donald Trump prepares to send 5,200 troops to Mexican border to block some 4,000 Central American asylum-seekers, Catholic leaders are urging governments to address the underlying causes of migration while reminding people that seeking asylum is not a crime.