Opinion: Pope Francis, in his speeches and visitations, won't have gone much beyond incensed pieties and play-it-safe verbiage. Unless ...
Donald Trump’s proposals on immigration action are racist. He is calling, for example, for the elimination or the revision of the Fourteenth Amendment that provides U.S. citizenship to anyone born in the United States. This amendment was intended to confer citizenship on the emancipated African American slaves. Trump is aiming his attack on the amendment, however, on the U.S.-born children of undocumented Latino immigrants.
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My Table Is Spread: It is surprising that the Obama administration insists that the Little Sisters of the Poor follow the government mandate to provide contraceptives and related counseling to their employees.
A Pakistani court has directed the Punjab provincial government and police to give the father of death row convict Asia Bibi prison visitation rights, a family lawyer said.
Faith and Justice: The Democrats are better off if the papal address is treated like an opera while the Republicans would be better off with a symphony.
Ever since Pope Francis' visit to Cuba was announced, Cuban church officials have billed him as the "missionary of mercy."
And it's an important mission, some Cubans say, so that the country and its people -- living in and outside of Cuba -- can move forward. The pope's message of mercy is exactly what Cuba needs, some say.
"Cuba needs mercy because Cubans have been divided even inside Cuba, and Cubans have been divided even outside Cuba," said Eduardo Azcarate, born in Havana but who now lives in Falls Church, Va.
The U.S. trade embargo against Cuba turns 55 in October, and its effects are clear in the dilapidated buildings, scant food supply of Cuban stores and infrastructure around the island.
But what's not easy to see is the spiritual cost. Trinitarian Fr. Juan Molina, director of the U.S. bishops' Office for the Church in Latin America, said that spiritual cost has been great.
The Iran deal has been put together over a two-year period and shouldn't be so easily dismissed with slogans and cries about Iran being untrustworthy.
Citing conflicting opinions among its members and deploring the acrimony of the debate, the largest movement of Jewish Americans has declined to support or oppose the Iran nuclear deal.
Sitting in the pews, we have “a supporter of the deal sitting next to an opponent of the deal hearing a sermon by a rabbi who is somewhere in the middle,” Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said Wednesday. “There is not one answer to the biggest questions that face our movement and our world.”