United States Conference

of Catholic Bishops

Promotion and Defense of Marriage

November 21, 2014

Statement on President Obama's

Executive Order on Immigration

Most Rev. Oscar Cantú


I am pleased that millions of families will receive temporary relief through the President's recent executive order. These families live in daily fear of being separated through detention or deportation. The President's action, however, does not replace the need for comprehensive immigration reform. The effects of this order are merely temporary, and an executive order does not have the force of law. I encourage Congress and the President to work together for the common good - to fix a broken immigration system. This is for the good not only of immigrant families, but of the nation as a whole.  Now is the time to fix our broken immigration system.



21 de noviembre de 2014

Declaración sobre la orden

ejecutiva sobre inmigración del Presidente Obama

Mons. Oscar Cantú


Me complazco en saber que millones de familias recibirán alivio temporal por medio de la recién orden ejecutiva que realizó el presidente. Estas familias, a diario viven con temor de ser separadas, ya sea por detención o deportación. La acción del presidente, sin embargo, no reemplaza la necesidad de una reforma de inmigración comprensiva.  Los efectos de esta orden son realmente temporales y una orden ejecutiva no posee la fuerza de la ley. Exhorto al congreso y al presidente a trabajar juntos por el bien común – para reparar el sistema de inmigración quebrantado. Esto es por el bien, no tan sólo de las familias inmigrantes, sino de toda la nación. Este es el momento de reparar nuestro sistema de inmigración quebrantado.

Pope Francis 2014


from Most Rev. Oscar Cantú

Bishop of the Diocese of  Las Cruces

Papal Visit to the U.S.


The people of the Diocese of Las Cruces - indeed, all people of good will - are delighted at the announcement of Pope Francis regarding his first visit to the United States in September of 2015. Pope Francis has captured the attention of the world with his simplicity, joy, and commitment to the basic values of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His powerful gestures of humility, love, and compassion have taken hold of our imagination. We eagerly anticipate his visit and pray that God will sustain him in his many inspiring and laudable efforts.


Knowing of Pope Francis' concern for the marginalized, particularly the poor and the immigrant, Bishop Renato Ascencio Leon of Ciudad Juarez, Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, and I have invited Pope Francis to the border region. He has acknowledged our invitation and we anticipate with great hope his response as the itinerary for his visit to the Americas develops in the coming weeks and months.


November 17, 2014

November 10, 2014

This week we pray for the people of St. Albert the Great Newman Center, celebrating their feast day Saturday, November 15. Let us pray that the parish be a place where students, especially, find the welcome, warmth, hope, and joy of faith in Christ Jesus!


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