Maria Benevento began work at NCR in 2017 as a Bertelsen editorial intern. She is a native of Kirksville, Missouri, and a 2015 graduate of Creighton University, where she majored in theology and American studies and minored in justice and peace studies and Spanish. Prior to joining NCR she spent two years as a full-time staff person at the Oakland Catholic Worker, a transitional shelter for Latin American immigrants and asylum seekers.
The latest news on active nonviolence: Hundreds arrested at Poor People's Campaign actions; Jesuit Parish Justice Summit coming up; "Christian political artist" targets Army billboards.
The Field Hospital: Pastoral Migratoria, a program that trains lay immigrant leaders to serve their fellow migrants, integrates Catholic social teaching with local realities and strives to promote the "new evangelization" through care for immigrants.
The latest news on active nonviolence: Faith leaders protest Minn. pipeline; Arrests at anti-nuke protest at Mass. Air Force base; CLINIC, bishop advise migrants; Poor People's Campaign focuses on gun violence
With proposed policy changes, says one immigrant advocate, "We're asking parents to make a choice between food, health care, and maybe being able to stay here permanently in this country."