Cultures unite for community prayer, celebration at cathedral

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Twelve-year-old Dennise Rodriguez-Aviles dreams of becoming a teacher or social worker to help orphan children. Her parents, immigrants from Mexico, own a small grocery store in Cold Spring where they work long hours to give their three daughters more educational opportunities. The sixth-grader at St. Boniface School in Cold Spring…

‘About time,’ says Philadelphia Cuban immigrant of new diplomacy

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Jorge Ignacio Fernandez was 9 years old in 1966 when his family fled Cuba incognito with three suitcases, three kids and $3, winding up in Miami by way of Jamaica. Ultimately, he settled in the Philadelphia area. His father had been agriculture minister in the Fulgencio Batista dictatorship, Fernandez told CatholicPhilly.com. Then…

As Obama unveils program, other efforts aim to help Central Americans

WASHINGTON (CNS) — As millions of immigrants celebrate the possibility of protection from deportation under a new Obama administration plan, among those who cannot take advantage of it will be the 68,445 families and 68,541 unaccompanied minors who were apprehended at the border in the last fiscal year. The children and families, most from Central…

Why they are here, what they’ve gone through

 Constant struggle and fear motivates Mexican family to pursue American dream May 9, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully  Maria* was 18 years old and pregnant when she crossed the border with her husband and 15-year-old brother. Her mother crossed the border five years earlier to earn money for Maria and her siblings. In Mexico, Maria…

At the border, bishops call for compassion, reform

April 11, 2014, edition By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service Against the backdrop of rusted iron slats of the 30-foot wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley and a dozen other bishops from three countries prayed April 1 for compassion and for a return to ideals that welcome immigrants. More than 300 people…