||Bishops visit border
Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City takes a picture of a discarded backpack in the Arizona desert about 30 miles north of Nogales March 31. He was in a group of U.S. bishops visiting the U.S.-Mexico border area to celebrate Mass, talk with migrants and recall the thousands who have died attempting to cross the Arizona desert. The bishops hiked an area where many migrants make their way after illegally crossing into the U.S. from Mexico.
||Youths gather in L.A.
A boy in Anaheim displays a sign March 16 that says, "Please Stop Deportations." On the final day of the 2014 Religious Education Congress, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez blessed the children of undocumented parents and immigration advocates who planned to travel to The Vatican. The annual congress, which this year drew 40,000 people, is a four-day event that includes one day of youth-focused activities followed by three days of catechetical workshops and keynote speeches.
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Scam hits archdiocese
WASHINGTON — A nationwide telephone scam targeting taxpayers that is being investigated by federal agencies has involved more than 1,000 current and former employees and volunteers of the Archdiocese of Seattle. Greg Magnoni, archdiocesan communications director, told Catholic News Service March 28 that forensics experts hired by the archdiocese have joined investigators from the Internal Revenue Service and FBI in attempting to determine how personal information from the employees and volunteers was obtained.
Spanish Father Angel Fernandez Artime was elected to a six-year term as rector major, head of the Salesian order, on the first ballot March 25. He was born Aug. 21, 1960, in Luanco-Gozon, Spain, and ordained in 1987. Father Fernandez was provincial of the South Argentina province between 2009 and 2014, during which time he got to know and work with the future Pope Francis, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires. The pope attended a Salesian school in Buenos Aires when he was 13.
Stolen funds recovered
NEW YORK — Following an 18-month investigation, the Pontifical Mission Societies announced March 25, in a joint statement with the Office of the New York State Attorney General, the recovery of about $1.4 million in funds stolen by a now-deceased official of the organization. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman praised the Pontifical Mission Societies for its full cooperation in the investigation, including the reporting of financial irregularities as soon as the staff discovered funds were missing and verified they had been diverted.
Senator, POW dies
Retired Rear Adm. and former U.S. Sen. Jeremiah Denton Jr., who as a young Navy flight captain was captured in 1965 during the Vietnam War and held prisoner for more than 7½ years, died March 28. He was 89. A Catholic, Denton often talked about how his faith sustained him during his years as a prisoner of war and helped him survive the torture he endured at the hands of his captors. Once, Denton was interviewed by Japanese reporters on television, but he outsmarted his captors by blinking out in Morse code "t-o-r-t-u-r-e" as he spoke, revealing how US POWs were treated.
FEMA helps rebuild
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A $28.8 million Federal Emergency Management Administration grant will allow the Diocese of Springfield to rebuild three schools destroyed in a 2011 tornado. Springfield Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell said the grant will allow for the demolition of Cathedral High School, St. Michael's Academy Middle School and St. Michael Academy Preschool to make way for the reconstruction.
— Catholic News Service
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