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President Donald J. Trump issued today an Executive Order addressing the U.S. refugee admissions program and migration to the United States, generally. The executive order virtually shuts down the refugee admissions program for 120 days, reduces the number of refugees to be admitted to the United States this year from 110,000 to 50,000 individuals, and indefinitely suspends the resettlement of Syrian refugees.

The Diocese of Laredo's Annual Pro-Life Rosary Walk was a prayerful and peaceful gathering where hundreds of people prayed for the respect of all life from conception to natural death. 

The walk began in front of Hernández, López & Sons and ended at San Agustín Cathedral with a Holy Hour. 

In a joint effort with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, this pro-life walk is part of the #9daysforlife national campaign to end abortion from January 21-29, 2017.

Archbishop Patricio Fernandez Flores, 87, fourth archbishop of San Antonio who was the first Mexican-American elevated to the hierarchy in the Catholic Church in the United States, died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure on Jan. 9, 2017 at Padua Place residence for retired priests in San Antonio. Funeral services are listed below.

Bishop James A. Tamayo will be in attendance. He invites all to attend. 

Monday, January 16

11:30 a.m. -- Reception of body of Archbishop Flores at San Fernando Cathedral

9 Days for Life is an annual period of prayer and action focused on cherishing the gift of every person's life.

Surrounding the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children*, the overarching intention of the centerpiece novena is the end to abortion.

However, the novena also highlights many other facets of respecting each other's God-given dignity, especially by respecting human life at every stage and in every circumstance.

9 Days for Life is an opportunity to:

PRAY for the respect and protection of each person's life;

During Poverty Awareness Month, join the U.S. Bishops, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the Catholic Community in the United States in taking up Pope Francis' challenge to live in solidarity with the poor!

In addition to the calendar below, longer daily reflections are also available.

Via USCCB -- Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, focus particularly on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas).