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Deportation Raids Decried PDF Print E-mail

Bishop Elizondo, auxiliary Bishop of Seattle and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration expressed deep concern over reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will soon begin a month-long series of immigrant deportation raids.


“Sending women and children back to Central America will not serve as an effective deterrent to migration because this is a humanitarian crisis and individuals from the region are being forced to flee for their lives.  These operations spark panic among our parishes. No person, migrant or otherwise, should have to fear leaving their home to attend church or school. No person should have to fear being torn away from their family and returned to danger.”  Bishop Elizondo said. 


Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles also noted that “The raids are yet another depressing sign of the failed state of American immigration policy.”

 
Abortions Rise Globally PDF Print E-mail

A report on the number of abortions worldwide was published recently in the journal, The Lancet.

Researchers from the Guttmacher Institute (originally part of Planned Parenthood) and the World Health Organization estimated that there were 56.3 million abortions during 2014 throughout the world, compared with 50.4 million in 1990. The abortion rate declined in developed countries, while increasing slightly in developing ones. Most of the increase was attributed to the growth in population. Based on the new estimates, there is an average of 154,000 abortions per day in the world.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2016 14:44
 
Cornerstone Conference 2017 PDF Print E-mail

Mark your calendars! The second statewide Cornerstone Catholic Conference will be held October 20-21, 2017.

Join with other Catholics “to inspire and educate Catholics and others to continue working together to protect human life:  the unborn, individuals who live in poverty or on the margins of society, and people at the end of life.”

In addition to the Bishops of Washington State, plenary presentations will be given by Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, and Helen Alvaré, George Mason University School of Law professor.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2016 14:45
 
Regional Cornerstone PDF Print E-mail

The first regional Cornerstone Catholic Conference, scheduled for Saturday, October 22, 2016, will take place at the Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center in Spokane Valley.

Bishop Thomas Daly will speak at the October gathering which is being organized by the Diocese of Spokane. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Founded by the Bishops of Washington State, Cornerstone inspires and educates Catholics helping them to grow in their love and service of God and neighbor. For more information, contact Scott Cooper at Catholic Charities (509) 358-4273 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 June 2016 14:44
 
Oregon Suicides Up PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 March 2016 13:30

According to the Oregon Public Health Division, the number of people who committed assisted suicide in 2015 increased 25 percent over the previous year. During 2015, 132 Oregon residents died from ingesting the overdose – double the number of Oregonians who committed assisted suicide in 2010. The 2015 report for Washington State is expected to be released this summer.

 
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