(RNS) On the same day that House John Boehner signaled that there would be no immigration reform this year, some of the nation’s most prominent evangelical pastors met with President Barack Obama on Wednesday (Nov. 13) to try to advance the issue.
BALTIMORE (RNS) Archbishop Joseph Kurtz’ wide-angle lens directly reflects Francis’ own approach.
“One of the major challenges is what, really, our Holy Father has said over and over again: How can we warm hearts and heal wounds?”
Many at the event told stories of having themselves immigrated or having friends endure the pains of familial separation due to the immigration system.
WASHINGTON (RNS) “We know that Martin Luther King Jr., were he here today, would be standing here with us,” said the Rev. Barbara Williams Skinner, co-chair of the National African American Clergy Network. “Cesar Chavez would be standing with us and Gandhi would be standing with us. We think that’s enough power to change the Congress.”
BALTIMORE (RNS) The real debates were expected to go on behind closed doors in sessions that will last through Thursday as the bishops are expected to have frank talks about contentious issues like their stance against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate.
BALTIMORE (RNS) As they began their annual fall meeting on Monday, the U.S. Catholic bishops heard a pointed challenge from Pope Francis’ personal representative to be pastors and not ideologues — the first step in what could be a laborious process to reshape the hierarchy to meet the pope’s dramatic shift in priorities.
TORONTO (RNS) The measure would ban all “overt” and “conspicuous” religious headgear worn by public sector employees, including hijabs, yarmulkes and Sikh turbans, as well as large crosses and crucifixes.
The Supreme Court hunts for prayers acceptable to all. Tuesday’s elections have both parties in a tizzy. U.S. bishops, looking to elect their own leader next week, feel the effect of Pope Francis.
WASHINGTON (RNS) “Give me an example of a prayer that would be acceptable to Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists,” Justice Samuel Alito asked the lawyer representing two women who did not like Christian prayers at town meetings. “Hindus. Give me an example of a prayer. Wiccans, Baha’i.”