Tens of thousands of visitors are in D.C. this week for Pope Francis’s address before Congress — and many of them are hoping the Pope’s message of dignity and compassion for immigrants touches the hearts of stubborn Republican lawmakers. Among these sojourners are immigrant leaders from Hermandad Mexicana Transnacional, who traveled from Los Angeles, CA to D.C. for… Continue »

Please note the following column was translated from Spanish to English and is available for reprint as long as the author is given proper credit. This column is available in Spanish here. This has been described as Pope Francis’s most political trip, and rightly so. In his first stop, on the sister island of Cuba, thousands… Continue »

 America’s Voice Will Be Covering the Pope’s Visit to the United States in Both English and Spanish Follow Along @AmericasVoice, @TUSK81 and @MaribelHastings America’s Voice will be covering the papal visit to the United States this week in both English and Spanish (see here for a full twitter list of key handles to follow).  Ahead of… Continue »

It was a single photograph that finally convinced me there was something very different about Pope Francis. Thinking about it, I could claim his openness to the LGBT community is what maybe won me over. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?” he said… Continue »

In Midst of Ugly Anti-Immigrant Demagoguery by GOP Candidates, Immigrant Women Pilgrimaging to DC Inject Refreshing Dose of Morality into Immigration Debate As the GOP candidates continue to fill the airwaves with xenophobic rhetoric and anti-immigrant demagoguery, a courageous group of immigrant women is showing leadership in ways the Republican Party has not. On their… Continue »

The 100 women making the 100 mile pilgrimage from Pennsylvania to DC to greet Pope Francis are about a quarter of the way there — they were at mile 26, at last count — and two new pieces from recent days highlight the message of dignity and compassion the walkers want to share with both… Continue »

100 women and their supporters began a 100 mile walk today to greet Pope Francis in Washington, D.C. as he visits for a historic address to a joint session of Congress next week. Inspired by his call for dignity for immigrants, migrants, and refugees — a key plank of his Papacy — the women are… Continue »

Please note the following column was translated from Spanish to English and is available for reprint as long as the author is given proper credit. This column is available online in Spanish here. The heretofore unstoppable Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump brands anyone who contradicts him as “stupid” and prides himself that the terrible things he… Continue »

He’s back. Congressional lawmakers have returned from their summer recess, and immigration champion Rep. Luis Gutierrez wasted no time speaking out “about the number one topic in Latino neighborhoods in America: Donald Trump.” Stationed in between two large photos of leading Republican candidate Donald Trump and Pope Francis, Rep. Gutierrez declared the Pontiff’s upcoming visit to the United… Continue »

Pope Francis will personally bless a group of undocumented immigrants and refugees when he visits the United States later this month, reports ABC News: The Sept. 25 encounter with about 150 mostly Spanish-speaking New Yorkers “is about the values and the message that he has articulated as pope,” the head of New York’s Catholic Charities,… Continue »