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J. D. Long-García

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Five reasons why Luke’s Gospel is more Latino than the rest

Hint: It’s about food. And Mary. → Read More

Meet Archbishop José Gomez, the first Latino president of the U.S. bishops

On Nov. 12, the U.S. bishops elected Archbishop Gomez to be the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the first ballot. → Read More

As Supreme Court hearings begin, advocates say DACA was always a short-term fix

“Our nation made a promise to these ‘Dreamers,’” Archbishop Gomez wrote. “We have a moral obligation. It is time for the president and Congress to honor that promise and live up to this obligation.” → Read More

Remembering the children who died in detention during Día de los Muertos

“They died on their way to this country and made that journey from life into death,” Ms. Marquez said. “In the end, we will find them there with our God." → Read More

Fewer than half of U.S. Latinos are Catholics, says one poll. How should the church respond?

Surveys show a long-term decline in U.S. Latinos identifying as Catholic, reports J.D. Long-García. The church is identifying ways to keep second- and third-generation immigrants in the pews. → Read More

El Paso bishop: Latinos feel ‘they have targets on their backs’

The racism that is now a part of public life must be named and opposed, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Tex., said in a new pastoral letter. → Read More

Catholic leaders will gather for a pilgrimage and teach-in on the border

Catholic organizers, labor leaders, theologians and activists will gather Oct. 11 to Oct. 13 in El Paso, Tex., for a national pilgrimage, teach-in and public action. → Read More

Motivation remains unclear in arson attacks on three churches in El Paso

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for each church for information leading to an arrest. Mr. Ceniceros said the diocese is offering an additional $5,000 for each church, adding that the same person or persons are believed to be responsible for all three incidents. → Read More

What Pope Francis means to U.S. Latino Catholics

Joseph Tomás McKellar knew he would get a chance to meet Pope Francis. He was at the Vatican last April for a conference on accompaniment that brought together 200 social workers, ministers and organizers. At one point during the meeting, they would all get a chance to greet the pope. “I was very nervous,” Mr. McKellar, the co-director of Pico California, told America. “I wasn’t sure what to… → Read More

Catholicism is multilingual, so why aren’t more Catholic schools?

Some Catholic schools are implementing dual-language programs, part of an effort to reflect the reality of life in the church in the United States. → Read More

Why are Hispanic Catholics pro-life? What politics can’t explain.

A new survey finds that most U.S. Hispanics generally oppose abortion, writes J.D. Long-García, but the community’s complex, pro-family attitudes do not easily fit the two-party political structure. → Read More

How one ministry helps families live the sacrament of marriage in community

Its multifaceted approach aims to welcome couples into the community, enrich their relationships and help them grow together in the faith. → Read More

Knights of Columbus commit to helping asylum seekers at the southern border

“Let me be clear: This is not a political statement,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “This is a statement of principle. This is about helping people who need our help right now.” → Read More

San Antonio archbishop regrets tweets implying Trump is a racist

On Tuesday, Archbishop García-Siller tweeted that the president should “stop hate and racism, starting with yourself.” The tweet has since been deleted. → Read More

What next? El Paso faith community shares stories of fear and anger in shooting aftermath

“Latinos in this community have a target on their backs.” → Read More

Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric is meant to instill fear, not for enforcement, advocates say

Throughout his administration, President Donald Trump has vowed to curb both legal and illegal immigration to the United States. → Read More

Vatican gender document makes one thing clear: The Church needs more dialogue

Critics and supporters of the Vatican’s latest document on gender and sexuality may find little common ground on the issue, but they can agree on this: The church needs to further a dialogue about transgender individuals. → Read More

House passes legislation for Dreamers, T.P.S. holders

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on legislation that would create a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and recipients of Temporary Protected Status this week. → Read More

How a Catholic Charities shelter on the Texas border is coping with the influx of asylum seekers

Federal officials are releasing thousands of asylum seekers in Texas. A Catholic Charities facility is taking up the challenge of providing temporary food and shelter after grueling journeys. → Read More

Catholic leaders: Trump’s merit-based immigration plan is ‘anti-family’ and ‘disturbing’

President Donald Trump announced new priorities for immigration reform from the White House Rose Garden on Thursday, underscoring the need for border security, limiting asylum cases and merit-based immigration over family-based immigration. → Read More