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Papal nuncio to US celebrates Mass at Mexican border

October 24, 2016

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the apostolic nuncio to the United States, celebrated Mass on Sunday, October 23, at the Mexican border.

The Eucharistic celebration was organized by Dioceses Without Borders, to support the cause of immigration reform. The Mass drew worshippers from both Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Mexico.

Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona, gave the homily. “The economic migrant is not a criminal,” he said. “The economic migrant is someone looking for a decent way of life for himself, for his family.”


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Oct. 25, 2016 2:22 PM ET USA

    Part of the problem is the lack of a just guest-worker program. The politicians seem to not care two bits about the economic plight of those born south of the U.S. border. Just legislation could not only help these people, but help the U.S. economy as well by ensuring that all migrant laborers are in this country legally. The families of the laborers would accompany them, as per the requirements of subsidiarity. The border would be controlled, and fewer migrants would end up dead or exploited.

  • Posted by: Bernadette - Oct. 24, 2016 10:29 PM ET USA

    God's people south of our border are more than welcome to emigrate to the U.S. providing they utilize the legal way and laws of our country. Not by crossing over illegally! Shame on the apostolic nuncio and Bishop Kicanas of Tucson for appealing emotionally by holding a Mass at the border. This signals their approval of illegal immigration. They should be helping to reform our laws if necessary and obeying the laws now standing.