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. Follow her on Twitter @melissann19. 

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'Everything is Hispanic ministry': An interview with Bishop Alberto Rojas

Following a day of immigration advocacy on the Hill, Bishop Alberto Rojas of San Bernardino, California, talks with NCR about some of the themes of the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry conference.

Melissa Lucio case in Texas highlights Catholic opposition to death penalty

On April 25, a Texas court stayed the execution of Melissa Lucio that was set for April 27. One of the key Catholic groups advocating for her innocence in the death of her daughter is the Catholic Mobilizing Network.

Ascension nursing home caregivers fight for better wages, additional staffing

Caregivers at Our Lady of Peace nursing home have been without a contract that outlines wages and benefits, and with no job security, since Dec. 31. The nursing care residence is a part of Ascension Living's Catholic health system.

A pandemic is tough for new moms, but Catholic Latina moms faced added hurdles

Relying on faith and family, these Latina mothers navigated the unfamiliar, facing difficult choices in the face of COVID-19. Now, two years later, they reflect on the strange and wonderful ways their lives have changed.