Catholic Bishops Call on New Administration to Welcome Refugees and Immigrants

06-600The US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which gathered in Baltimore this week for its annual Fall meeting, called on Donald Trump and the new administration to recognize the contributions of refugees and immigrants to “the overall prosperity and well-being of our nation.” A new study presented to the bishops noted that more than half of U.S. Catholics born since 1982—54 percent—are Latino.

The bishops elected a Latino to a key role for the first time. Mexican-born Archbishop Jose Gomez of the Los Angeles archdiocese was elected vice president of the conference. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston was named the new president. DiNardo spoke about the importance of Catholics coming together, especially in light of the tensions from the nation’s recent election:

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo: “I would want our work as shepherds and leaders to bring Catholics together to recognize the dignity of the human person, even someone who disagrees with you. Pope Francis has called the entire church to extend mercy as we have received mercy.”