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Pope Francis In Mexico. It is very difficult to summarize the Holy Father’s apostolic visit to Mexico. Pope Francis addressed many issues pertinent to Catholic life in Mexico and met with political and Church leaders. Among the issues getting media attention in the United States was the migration issue in general and the issue of immigration into the United States. The most significant event related to immigration was Mass and surrounding event occurred at Ciudad Juarez and was supported by others across the Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas. See the Catholic News Service Report at https://cnstopstories.com/2016/02/18/pope-francis-vips-gather-in-el-paso-to-welcome-pope-to-u-s-mexico-border/ There are also multiple additional reports of the Pope’s visit from Catholic News Service, America Magazine, CLINIC and others. http://americamagazine.org/content/dispatches/pope-border-juarez-prayer-migrants

Georgia Proposed Legislation. The Rules Committee of the Georgia State Senate has recommended a constitutional amendment to make English the official language of State government. SR 675, if adopted by the General Assembly and favorably voted upon by the electorate would declare English as the official language of the State of Georgia; provide that official state actions be in English; prohibit any requirement that any language other than English be used in any documents, regulations, orders, transactions, proceedings, meetings, programs, or publications; and prohibit discrimination, penalties, or other limits on participation against persons who speak only English.