- May 26, 2020
Plaza Amistad in the Diocese of Brownsville, will include a health care clinic and education center, retail stores, a farming field school, a farmer’s market, a community garden, and a café.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 25 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Paso for Rogelio Martinez, the Border Patrol officer who died of injuries to his head and elsewhere on his body.
EL PASO, Texas — Eight U.S. citizens caught glimpses of hope and inequity during a week spent along the U.S.-Mexico border. “You can learn things in books, but I’m one of those people who learn things by seeing them firsthand,” Mercy Sister Eileen Trainor, one of the participants from New
Increased control of the U.S.-Mexican border between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez started in the 1990s to fight the international drug trade, and 9/11 marked a turning point in its militarization. In 2008, corrugated metal fencing was built and cut the binational city in two. Workers lost jobs, and families lost family members. El Paso’s sister city sank into poverty and drug-fueled violence.
President Donald Trump’s push for a wall to be built along the U.S. border with Mexico may have hit a new obstacle. Trump says now that U.S. taxpayers will pay for the wall and eventually Mexico will pay them back, but with the enormous expense associated with Hurricane Harvey, even that plan may not succeed in the budget process this year.
Gestures often speak louder than words, and in 2014 Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston and eight other bishops delivered a powerful one by celebrating Mass at the U.S./Mexico border – a statement that registered even in far-away Rome. Given the way things are going today, it may be time for an even more dramatic flourish.