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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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IMG 3628VATICAN CITY – Fathers Marcin Pluciennik, Jeffrey V. Romans and Jose Mercado hold suitcases filled with 3,000 rosaries to be blessed by Pope Francis and later distributed to the faithful in Connecticut. Eighty people from the Archdiocese of Hartford attended the papal audience in Rome with Pope Francis on Wednesday, May 21, and received his blessing. Prior to the pilgrims' leaving for Rome, Archbishop Henry J. Mansell secured special seating for the pilgrims, who sat approximately 75 feet from the Holy Father. In his remarks, Pope Francis told the tens of thousands in the crowd that "love is the universal language," and discussed the importance of evangelization. He also prayed for those hit by the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma. For many of the Connecticut pilgrims, this was an experience of a lifetime. "It was a spectacular event. The spectacle was impressive, but most of all, the man himself was impressive. He gave the people of the archdiocese special mention, and it was truly a blessing," said Thomas Foley, one of the pilgrims. The rosaries blessed by Pope Francis will be distributed at the Year of Faith Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford on Sunday, June 2, at 3 p.m. The pilgrims will leave to visit other sacred sites and the cities of Orvieto, Assisi, Florence and Venice. They will return to Connecticut on May 29. (Photo by Maria Zone)

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.