Posts Tagged ‘The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’

Critical Issue of Immigration Reform Moves to Top of Washington Agenda

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

President Barack Obama plans to lay out his vision for immigration reform in Las Vegas today, January 29, 2013, a vision, CBS news reports, that he originally laid out in a major immigration speech in El Paso, Texas in May 2011.

A group of bipartisan senators formally unveiled their framework for comprehensive immigration reform yesterday that is said to be similar to the president’s plan.

“It is both overdue and heartening that the critical issue of immigration reform is moving to the top of Washington’s agenda,” said Catholic Charities Executive Director Monsignor Kevin Sullivan. “Each day Catholic Charities responds to many calls for assistance from immigrants who needlessly struggle and are threatened by the dysfunctions in our current system.”

Day in and day out, Catholic Charities helps immigrants reunite legally with their families, obtain proper work authorization, learn English and civics, and prepare to pass citizenship exams. Catholic Charities also assists immigrants in avoiding exploitation by unscrupulous practitioners by providing correct information and realistic counsel about immigration status.

In any given year…

3,378 families counseled and protected from exploitation
40,651 calls answered in 18 languages with accurate information
445 breadwinners helped to obtain authorization to work
417 immigrants reunited with their families
281 refugee and asylee families resettled
291 immigrants taught English

“Keeping families together, fair and humane legal immigration policies, reducing illegal immigration, protecting against exploitation and an earned way out of the shadows for the undocumented are all parts of broad immigration reform that this country needs,” Msgr. Sullivan continued. “Catholic Charities is ready and willing to work with many partners to achieve this critical goal.”

Do you need help? Get correct information in 17 languages:

Call Catholic Charities at the New York State New Americans Hotline: 212-419-3737 or 1-800-566-7636 (toll-free in NYS).

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We Are All Creatures of One Family: St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Do you respect all living things, great and small? If so, you’re in good company; so did St. Francis of Assisi, whose feast day we celebrate on October 4th. Because of  his love for all of God’s creatures, St. Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment.

Churches and organizations around the world are celebrating the feast day in many ways. Here are some ways to join the celebration:

  • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops asked friends and followers to send in pictures of their pets. View the album of adorable animals.
  • Some churches are inviting parishioners to bring in their pets for a Blessing of the Animals. Fittingly, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in New York held their Blessing of Animals on Sunday, September 30th. See pictures from the blessing.
  • If you’d like to share with others the joy of interacting with animals, consider volunteering for Pet Therapy on Staten Island. When you bring Fluffy or Fido to one of the three Catholic Charities Community Services Senior Centers on SI, you’ll get to see the positive effect your pet can have on the men and women there. Get more information or sign up.