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Hispanic ministries seek unity, integration through V Encuentro process

Leaders of Hispanic ministry in the United States carry the V Encuentro cross to the tomb of St. Peter in St. Peter's Basilica Sept. 26 at the Vatican. The leaders were on a five-day pilgrimage to the Vatican in preparation for launching the four-year Encuentro process in the United States.

VATICAN CITY — Carrying a tall wooden cross over the threshold of the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica, a U.S. delegation brought the concerns of the country's Hispanic Catholics to the heart of the Church.

In a political climate marked by angry rhetoric, fear and division, U.S. bishops and others who minister to the Hispanic and Latino community are focused on "communion, unity, and service," said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of Dallas.

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