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Bishops express gratitude for clemency for Thomas Whitaker

February 22, 2018

Governor’s decision to stop execution an example of restorative justice.  AUSTIN – The Catholic bishops of Texas expressed gratitude for the decision of Governor Greg Abbott to grant clemency to Thomas Whitaker. Their full statement follows: “We offer prayers of thanksgiving that Thomas Whitaker was granted clemency and mercy has been shown. We are grateful…

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FEMA allows houses of worship to receive hurricane relief funding

January 4, 2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has changed its Public Assistance Policy and Program Guide to add as eligible “activities of community centers or houses of worship open to the general public, without regard to their secular or religious nature,” effect for any major disaster declared on or after Aug. 23, 2017. Thanks for your prayers…

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Brownsville Diocese receives its first auxiliary bishop

December 4, 2017

Pope Francis has named Oratorian Father Mario Alberto Avilés, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Hidalgo, as auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Brownsville, a first for the diocese of about one million Catholics. MORE

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Texas bishops express sorrow for victims of Sutherland Springs shooting

November 6, 2017

AUSTIN — The Catholic bishops of Texas express their deep sadness for the loss of life at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday. Their full statement follows: Our hearts ache for those suffering from the terrible loss of life at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5. We open our…

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Bishop James Tamayo comments on release of Rosa Maria Hernandez

November 6, 2017

“It is my prayer that people who find themselves in similar situations like the Hernandez family receive the charitable support necessitated by our nation’s current immigration policies,” Bishop Tamayo wrote. MORE

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Archbishop Garcia-Siller reacts to shooting at Baptist church in Sutherland Springs

November 5, 2017

“These Baptist brethren are our family, friends and neighbors who live among us in the archdiocese; just minutes away from our Wilson County parishes of Sacred Heart in Floresville, St. Ann in La Vernia, and St. Mary in Stockdale. We are committed to work in unity with all our brothers and sisters to build peace…

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Bishops reiterate opposition to legislation targeting “sanctuary cities”

November 2, 2017

Courts encouraged to overturn unconstitutional law, SB4 AUSTIN — As major cities and smaller communities throughout Texas join together in a lawsuit in federal court to oppose state legislation targeting “sanctuary cities,” the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops reiterates its opposition to Senate Bill 4, the law which threatens to drive a wedge between law…

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Los obispos reiteran su oposición a la legislación dirigida a las “ciudades santuario”

November 2, 2017

Se anima a los tribunales a revocar la inconstitucional ley SB4 AUSTIN — Mientras las principales ciudades y comunidades más pequeñas de Texas se unen en una demanda en una corte federal para oponerse a la legislación estatal dirigida a las “ciudades santuario”, la Conferencia Católica de Obispos de Texas reitera su oposición al Proyecto…

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Advancing a Culture of Life

November 2, 2017

Recently, several single-issue groups in our country have made an effort to advance their political agenda by establishing coalitions with each other. One such example is Indivisible, the founder of which explains his goal as follows: “You might be an abortion rights advocate, an immigrant rights advocate, a racial justice advocate, but if you wait…

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Bishops question detention of child with cerebral palsy

October 27, 2017

Enforcement of immigration laws should be humane, target criminals, not patients seeking surgery AUSTIN – The case of an undocumented 10-year-old who was stopped by federal agents on her way to emergency surgery highlights the need for clarification of local and federal law enforcement agents’ responsibilities in securing the United States’ borders. Rosa Maria Hernandez,…

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