Catholics Mark Anniversary of Child’s Death at Border

Catholics joined faith groups observing the first anniversary of the death of a 7-year-old girl who died under immigration detention in late 2018 and called attention to other children in similar circumstances. Jakelin Caal Maquin died in December 2018 at the El Paso Children’s Hospital in Texas of a bacterial infection and, at the time, she and her father were under detention by border agents.

US Bishops Condemn ‘Horrific Onslaughts’ After Texas Shooting

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Sept. 1 condemned the “horrific onslaughts” in its ninth response to gun violence this year in the aftermath of a mass shooting, this time following a shooting spree in West Texas that left seven people dead and more than 20 injured.

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.

‘So Many Funerals,’ Says El Paso Priest Who Comforted Grieving Kin

Father Fabian Marquez was the right priest at a very wrong time.He was among several priests in El Paso, Texas, summoned to help out where they could in the hours following the brazen Aug. 3 assault at a Walmart store in the Texas border town that left 22 dead and dozens of others wounded.

Going Beyond Guns

According to a study from Harvard University’s School of Public Health, since 2011, public shootings in the U.S. have tripled in their frequency. More than three-quarters of the guns used in the rampages were acquired legally.

Pope Francis in Sorrow After the Two Massacres

Pope Francis joined Catholic Church leaders in expressing sorrow after back-to-back mass shootings in the United States left at least 31 dead and dozens injured in Texas and Ohio Aug. 3 and 4.