St. Louis archbishop issues statement supporting immigrants

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Archbishop Robert Carlson. (Archdiocese of St. Louis)

ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson has issued a pastoral statement in support of immigrants and refugees, citing concerns about what he called “the language and rhetoric of discrimination, hate and alienation.”

Carlson’s statement was released in both English and Spanish, and in a memo to priests within the archdiocese, he asked them to read the statement in both languages at all Masses.

Carlson did not specify the source of the language that concerned him. But several politicians have been outspoken in their belief that those living in the U.S. illegally should be removed.

He urged others to join him in expressing “solidarity and hope” with immigrants and refugees in and around St. Louis, a region that is home to more than a half-million Catholics.

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