Catholic leaders to meet on immigration

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops hosted an emergency meeting with prelates from Central America as well as Vatican representatives June 1-2 in Chicago to set forth a path for the U.S. church’s response to immigration.

The meeting included representatives from the Vatican’s Migrants and Refugees Section, bishops from Central America and Mexico, as well as U.S. Cardinals Blase J. Cupich of Chicago and Joseph W. Tobin of Newark, N.J., and U.S. Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, and Auxiliary Bishop Mario E. Dorsonville of Washington, among others.

Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez, president of the USCCB, also was expected to address the gathering.

“We’re hoping to draw attention to the fact that this is an issue for the entire church,” said Bishop Seitz in a May 26 phone interview.

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