Respect rights of indigenous people, culture, pope tells mining industry

Addressing participants of a two-day conference at the Vatican May 3, the pope said that like all economic activities, mining “should be at the service of the entire human community,” especially indigenous people who are often pressured “to abandon their homelands to make room for mining projects which are undertaken without regard for the degradation of nature and culture.”

A bishop testifies on immigration as president seeks to change asylum

During an April 30 hearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas, spoke of his border community’s response assisting asylum-seeking families who have been released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.