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Bears Ears National Monument, sacred to native tribes, faces challenge to its status

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A tribal coalition that considers many sites within Bears Ears National Monument in Utah sacred fears the Trump administration will take the unprecedented step of stripping a national monument of its designation, and leave their ancestral lands vulnerable.

Faith groups: new immigration order still anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant

Federal judges may find the President Donald Trump’s new executive order on immigration more acceptable than the last.

But many religious groups and faith leaders see no meaningful difference in the new measure, which Trump signed privately March 6.

"Make no mistake, this is the Muslim ban that President Trump and his aides have been promising," Farhana Khera, president of Muslim Advocates, said in a statement. "The administration is just rearranging the chairs at the same table."

Senators want $20 million for JCCs and other faith-based community centers

Security cameras, guards and locks at Jewish community centers don’t come cheap.

This enhanced security — already in place at many JCCs in the wake of scores of bomb threats in recent weeks — will tax these nonprofits’ budgets and divert funds that could be used for their preschools, gyms and programs for the elderly offered to Jews and non-Jews alike.

Two senators — a Democrat and a Republican — say Congress should help.

Pax Christi invites church to embrace tradition of active nonviolence

A quiet movement is underway to reaffirm the central role of active nonviolence practiced by Jesus, as told in the Gospels, and to bring that teaching to a new generation of Catholics.

Initiated by Pax Christi International, the global Catholic peace movement founded after World War II to reconcile French and German citizens, the effort and its promoters ultimately hope to see widespread use of nonviolent responses to aggression.

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