Uncertain status: 15 myths about immigration

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Article Immigration Social Justice
With Arizona's new immigration law causing debate around the country, it's best to start off on the same page about the facts. Lawyer Tom Roach clears up some common misconception about immigration. 

The immigration debate is raging in America. There are an estimated 11 million illegal aliens in the United States and the proposals regarding what to do about them run the entire spectrum from "throw them all out" to "give them all Green Cards." Meanwhile there are many myths regarding who immigrates to the United States and why.


Our kind of town: Chicago Catholicism

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Article Social Justice Spirituality

The Voice of St. Jude, which was launched in 1935 and became U.S. Catholic in 1963, represented a new voice in the world of Catholic publishing because of its Chicago outlook and its willingness to embrace the laity as collaborative publication partners. Originally established to promote the St. Jude devotion and the Claretian order, whose founder, St. Anthony Mary Claret, was known as the “the modern apostle of the press,” the missionaries quickly realized that the church was more than novena services.  


Second helping: Betty Chinn serves the poor

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Article Social Justice
With a new lease on life and a blue truck, Betty Chinn delivers hope to those in need.

The day after Christmas Betty Chinn was up before dawn. After washing up and saying the rosary she headed downstairs, got her 200-cup coffee-maker going, and checked her voice mail. An oncologist needed to set up daily food delivery for two patients. Chinn made a mental note of the address while taking a mountain of socks out of the dryer.


Second helping: Betty Chinn serves the poor

By Mary Thibodeaux Lentz | Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
With a new lease on life and a blue truck, Betty Chinn delivers hope to those in need.

The day after Christmas Betty Chinn was up before dawn. After washing up and saying the rosary she headed downstairs, got her 200-cup coffee-maker going, and checked her voice mail. An oncologist needed to set up daily food delivery for two patients. Chinn made a mental note of the address while taking a mountain of socks out of the dryer.


Pax Romana: An interview with Andrea Riccardi

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The founder of the international lay movement of the Sant’Egidio Community explains how his group has been able to build peace, one conflict at a time.

When Andrea Riccardi and his high school friends began to help Rome’s poorest 42 years ago, they did not intend to work beyond the city. But the movement they launched now has about 50,000 members in more than 70 countries.


How Sant'Egidio received its "papal blessing"

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By Andrea Riccardi as told to Desmond O'Grady in a U.S. Catholic interview conducted by O'Grady.

It had been the custom in Rome that the diocesan pastoral visits were made by the pope's vicar rather than the pope himself. Pope Paul VI visited some parishes but did not reach us. John Paul II, younger and fitter, decided to visit all parishes himself.


Pax Romana: An interview with Andrea Riccardi

By A U.S. Catholic interview| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice
The founder of the international lay movement of the Sant’Egidio Community explains how his group has been able to build peace, one conflict at a time.

When Andrea Riccardi and his high school friends began to help Rome’s poorest 42 years ago, they did not intend to work beyond the city. But the movement they launched now has about 50,000 members in more than 70 countries.


How Sant'Egidio received its "papal blessing"

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By Andrea Riccardi as told to Desmond O'Grady in a U.S. Catholic interview conducted by O'Grady.

It had been the custom in Rome that the diocesan pastoral visits were made by the pope's vicar rather than the pope himself. Pope Paul VI visited some parishes but did not reach us. John Paul II, younger and fitter, decided to visit all parishes himself.


Huddle masses: The history of our immigrant church

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Article Immigration

Lady Liberty has seen many tempest tossed generations set foot upon these shores. With each new wave of immigrants, the American Catholic Church has become a harbor that gets wider and deeper by the year. 


The way of the crossing

By Father Daniel Groody, C.S.C.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Immigration
Immigrants today experience economic, social, legal, and pyschological crucifixions.

Last April I was working on a video documentary on the U.S.-Mexican border. It was Holy Week. Each day I talked with undocumented immigrants, church workers, coyote smugglers, and border patrol agents, trying to capture something of the complex and painful drama of illegal immigration.


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