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Catholic organizations playing role in reunification of children


Jul 13, 2018 12:25 PM 7+ mon ago

Catholic organizations playing role in reunification of children A minor sits in the back of a van July 11 as he is transported into Casa Esperanza, a federally contracted shelter in Brownsville, Texas. The U.S. bishops' Migration and Refugee Services and Catholic Charities USA issued a statement July 12 saying they are lending their support to the effort to reunite immigrant families. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters) Catholic News Service select Immigrant children react as they are released from detention at a bus depot June 22 in McAllen, Texas. The U.S. bishops' Migration and Refugee Services and Catholic Charities USA issued a statement July 12 saying their are lending their support to ongoing efforts to reunite immigrant families. (CNS photo/Loren Elliott, Reuters) WASHINGTON — Some of migrant children under age 5 separated from their families by the government were reunited with loved ones July 9 with help from Catholic organizations. About two dozen families in all were brought back together on that date with help from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Migration and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities USA and a network of other agencies from around the country. In all, the Catholic agencies will help reunite 55 families by mid-July and provide short-term care, such as food and shelter, said Bill Canny, executive director of MRS. "What we're trying to do is give people who have had a dose of bad, we're trying to give them a dose of good," said Canny in a July 12 interview with Catholic News Service.  "Protection of families is a foundational element of Catholic social teaching and this moment calls on all people of goodwill to lend a hand to reunite these children with their parents," said a joint statement issued the same day by MRS and Catholic Charities USA. The children and families were earlier separated by Read more.

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