Rio Grande Valley Respite Center: Blessing the ground for a new respite center in McAllen is a sign of the Catholic Church's commitment to be available and helpful to immigrant families, who "are enduring many, many tragic situations in their lives," said Brownsville Bishop Daniel E. Flores.
Immigration Pardons: People Improving Communities Through Organizing (PICO) is currently circulating a petition to deliver to the White House Dec. 15 urging the Obama administration to grant pardons immigrants in the country without legal documentation and people with nonviolent, federal drug offenses serving prison sentences. It is also urging local elected officials, governors, mayors and churches across the country to take steps to designate themselves sanctuaries, protecting immigrants from deportation, in response to President-elect Donald Trump promises to deport 2 to 3 million immigrants without documentation.
https://www.scribd.com/document/332795627/Who-Is-My-Neighbor-The-Face-of-Poverty-in-Washington-StateThe state's bishops based a pastoral letter, released Nov. 17, in large part on listening sessions held around the state with those who experienced poverty.
Special feature: James Gillcrist followed his family's tradition of military service, but time in Iraq led him on a path to academia, pondering the ethics of war.
The Peace Pulpit: We must learn how to reach out in love and not reject people, push them away. We must try to live the way of love that Jesus demonstrates for us.
United Nations: The Federation of American Scientists' tallies show there are about 15,350 nuclear weapons in the world. The U.S. and Russia each have about 4,500 nuclear weapons stockpiled.
Making a Difference: Christians should oppose most of President-elect Trump's political agenda — which runs counter to God's command to care for the poor, build peace and protect the earth.
Eco Catholic: "We recognize that the religious freedom of Indigenous Peoples involves the safeguarding of the traditional lands," the letter read.
Young Voices: Notre Dame University took a decisive stand on protecting students who are undocumented immigrants, and Philadelphia's faith communities have developed a model sanctuary program.
The Peace Pulpit: Yes, there will be a time of judgment. But there will also be that time if we do the work of Jesus, when the fullness of life will begin to happen for every person on this planet.