Melissa Cedillo is NCR's Latino Catholics Project fellow. She is a recent graduate of Harvard Divinity School who studied religion, ethics, and politics through a public policy lens. She is passionate about bridging the gap between progressive politics and religion in America. She has a background in immigration advocacy, domestic violence policy and criminal justice work. She was born and raised in southern California, where she studied Theology at Loyola Marymount University. 

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'This is our moment': Latino Pastoral Leadership Initiative expands with second cohort

About 36% of U.S. Catholics identify as Hispanic/Latino, but only about 3% of pastors and one in 10 lay leaders are Hispanic/Latino. The Latino Pastoral Leadership Initiative, which has named its second cohort, hopes to increase representation in church leadership and ministry.

Faith leaders hold prayer vigil to support $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill

Faith leaders gathered in prayer Sept. 23 to call on lawmakers to push for the $3.5 trillion human infrastructure bill, which they said advances racial equity, climate action, immigration, health care and an economy that works for all.

Immigration advocates criticize Biden administration for support of Title 42

Immigration advocates are calling for an end to Title 42, a controversial Trump-era policy that expels people at the border without due process, allegedly in the name of public health. But the Biden administration continues to fight for the policy.

Latinos may be key to California recall. How will Latino Catholics vote?

Current polls show Latinos — who make up 39% of California's population — are more likely to vote no on the recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom. But there is no data specifically targeting Latino Catholics' views.