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As we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese, we look back… on July 21, 1934 when Father James J. Kane offered Madison's first Mass in Madison's Memorial Town Hall.
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Nicaraguan bishops to pray for exorcism as violence continues
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Catholic organizations playing role in reunification of children
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Catholic Charities' CEO visits border, hears immigrants' stories of fleeing danger
Dominican Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, and Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger of Tucson, Ariz., pray July 12 with a young family moments before they leave Casa Alitas,...

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Pope attends funeral of cardinal who announced to world his election
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Events of 9/11 put successful broadcast journalist on path to diaconate
Events of 9/11 put successful broadcast journalist on path to diaconate
Nicaraguan bishops to pray for exorcism as violence continues
Nicaraguan bishops to pray for exorcism as violence continues
Catholic organizations playing role in reunification of children
Catholic organizations playing role in reunification of children
Catholic Charities' CEO visits border, hears immigrants' stories of fleeing danger
Catholic Charities' CEO visits border, hears immigrants' stories of fleeing danger
Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus package meals for needy during provincial gathering
Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus package meals for needy during provincial gathering
Pope attends funeral of cardinal who announced to world his election
Pope attends funeral of cardinal who announced to world his election

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alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.