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Inside the Synod Hall 12 during the meeting of bishops and cardinals on Oct 14 2015 Credit Daniel Ibanez CNA 10 14 152015 photo by Daniel Ibanez CNA MEXICO CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – Four representatives from Courage International, Inc., a Catholic ministry that supports those who experience homosexual inclinations in choosing chastity. participated in the Mexican Bishops’ Conference plenary assembly last month.

Courage was among a handful of apostolates at the April 25-28 plenary assembly, which took place in Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico State.

“The accompaniment that Courage provides is a gift of Divine Providence, and it offers what very few of us do: that spiritual and human companionship which helps our brothers and sisters on their path to holiness and a real experience of faith,” said Bishop Ramón Castro of Cuernavaca, México.

“It is very important that, with enthusiasm, courage, and the Gospel in hand, we enlighten the lives of many brothers and sisters who need to be accompanied along this path.”

Faher Philip Bochanski, executive director of the organization, was present at the assembly, along with Father Don Wainwright, Courage-Latino coordinator and the chaplain who initiated the apostolate in Mexico, and Rossana Goni, coordinator for Courage-Latino and EnCourage in the United States.

Andres, a Courage member from Chihuahua State, also attended and addressed the bishops’ conference, saying “the Church has been in my life through Courage.”

“I know now that I am not alone. I have my brothers in the apostolate who listen to me, correct me and help me; I can talk about all of this without feeling judged and I am able to find friendships which help me to grow in all matters of life,” he said.

Started in 1980, Courage now has more than 100 chapters and 1500 members in 14 countries. A companion group, EnCourage, supports families and friends of persons with homosexual inclinations. Both groups have received canonical status in the Church as a diocesan clerical public association of the faithful.

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.