Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston and seven other bishops celebrate Mass on the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona to commemorate the deaths of migrants in the desert and to pray for immigration reform on April 1, 2014.

Catholic bishops back Obama acting alone on immigration

BALTIMORE (RNS) Given the urgency of the immigration crisis and the electoral gains by Republicans who have thwarted earlier reform efforts, “it would be derelict not to support administrative actions … which would provide immigrants and their families legal protection,” a leading bishop said.

A choir led songs during a Mass held by members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration at a Capitol Hill church on Thursday (May 29). The service included multiple languages, such as Swahili, Arabic, Spanish, German and English. Religion News Service photo by Heather Adams

Catholic bishops push (again) on immigration reform

WASHINGTON (RNS) Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., said bishops wanted to tell some of the stories from a border Mass to humanize the immigration debate because “when there’s a faceless person, it’s easy to reject or ignore or put aside that person.”