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NEW HAVEN – Members of the Knights of Columbus carry framed images of Saint John Paul II and the Divine Mercy, among others, during a procession April 27 from St. Stanislaus Church to the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven.

The procession with a relic of Blessed John Paul II, which drew more than 500 faithful, followed a Divine Mercy prayer service at the church on the occasion of the canonization of Saints John Paul II and John XXIII.

The relic is a fragment of the pope’s bloodstained cassock from the May 13, 1981, attempt on his life in St. Peter’s Square. It was available for veneration at the Knights of Museum after the procession.

It remained available for veneration April 28 and 29.

Also in conjunction with the canonization, Hartford Archbishop Emeritus Daniel A. Cronin presented “Personal Memories of Two Pope Saints” April 28 at the museum.

Vincenzian Father Roman Kmiec, pastor of St. Stanislaus Parish, carried the reliquary during the procession. Father Timothy Hickey, parochial vicar at St. Rita Parish in Hamden, officiated at the prayer service.

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.