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Caption: People cheer at CASA de Maryland's Multicultural Center in Hyattsville, Md., Nov. 20 after hearing President Barack Obama's national address on immigration. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)
People cheer at CASA de Maryland's Multicultural Center in Hyattsville, Md., Nov. 20 after hearing President Barack Obama's national address on immigration. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)
Millions could benefit from Obama's new immigration policies

By Patricia Zapor
Catholic News Service

HYATTSVILLE, Md. (CNS) -- The meeting room in the middle of Maryland's most immigrant-dense ZIP code Nov. 20 was full of people who epitomize the problems President Barack Obama is trying to address with executive action.

Families with roots in Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala -- some with U.S. citizen children, some with one adult child who has legal permanent residency (a green card), and other adults who are in the country illegally -- all watched the big screen as Obama announced his plans for allowing perhaps 40 percent of the 11 million people without legal immigration status to be temporarily protected from deportation.
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Caption: A woman holds a sign during an immigration rally in front of the White House Nov. 19. Immigrant advocates were joined by farm, food and commercial workers to remind Americans of the people behind their Thanksgiving meal and to urge President Barack Obama to take the broadest executive action possible on immigration. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)
A woman holds a sign during an immigration rally in front of the White House Nov. 19. Immigrant advocates were joined by farm, food and commercial workers to remind Americans of the people behind their Thanksgiving meal and to urge President Barack Obama to take the broadest executive action possible on immigration. (CNS/Tyler Orsburn)
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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 44, No. 26 (Nov. 27, 2014):

-- Archbishop Blase J. Cupich begins his service as archbishop of Chicago by calling on the church to put aside "fears and the allure of false securities and leap into the turbulent but creative waters of life in the world with the guidance of God and the charge of the Gospel."

-- God's agenda, not his own, will guide Archbishop Cupich. In his new role as ninth archbishop of Chicago, he says. That agenda may be "beyond our imagining" and abilities, but it has staying power, he says.

-- Peter J. Cataldo, chief health care ethicist for the Boston Archdiocese, says he thinks the principles offered by the Vatican doctrinal congregation for the collaboration of Catholic health care organizations with other health care organizations will prove to be an important and helpful guide. The U.S. bishops voted in November to revise a section of their ethical and religious directives for health care services in light of the principles.


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