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Prelates’ New Document on Hispanics

WASHINGTON, D.C., NOV. 13, 2002 ( Pastoral outreach to newly arrived Hispanics, as well as the strengthening of their participation in social-justice activities, including pro-life concerns, are among the recommendations in a new U.S. bishops’ document.

“Encuentro and Mission: A Renewed Pastoral Framework for Hispanic Ministry” outlines an extensive strategy for serving the burgeoning immigrant population in the country.

Among the recommendations listed in the length document: “Intensify advocacy efforts on behalf of new immigrants, poor families, disadvantaged young people, and those suffering from discrimination and abuse by working more closely with advocacy groups and the state Catholic conferences. Special attention should be given to undocumented immigrants affected by family separation, fear of deportation, discrimination, and violence.”

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