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Texas charities struggle to send aid across border

In McAllen,Texas, the parish at Sacred Heart Church has acted as a shelter for thousands of Central Americans crossing the border illegally. An effort to send some of its surplus donations into Mexico is facing hurdles.... Read more»

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Pope splits hairs on whether U.S. should bomb Islamic State

Francis endorses ‘stopping’ but not ‘bombing’ the militant group, invoking ‘just war theory.’ What is a reasonable moral limit on military violence in the face of terror?... Read more»

Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK: 'I have a dream'

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together. (with video)... Read more»

Pope calls Foley family, whose faith breaks through ISIS-inflicted horror

Journalist James Foley’s execution stunned the world, but his family continues to find strength in their Roman Catholic devotion.... Read more»1

Analysis

American nuns congregate as standoff with Vatican continues

Two years after the nuns were accused of “radical feminism” and assigned a male minder, will either side finally blink?... Read more»

Analysis

How British promises sowed the seeds of today's Israel-Palestine bloodshed

Gaza and Jerusalem were promised to both the Arabs and the Jews. They’re still fighting nearly a century later.... Read more»

Europe has a growing anti-Semitism problem

The war in Gaza is drawing attention to growing anti-Semitism in Europe.... Read more»

White House protest ends in arrests; Congress balks on border funds

A Phoenix minister was among a group of religious leaders and immigration advocates arrested Thursday at the White House, where hundreds turned out to demand a halt to deportations. At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the House canceled a vote on a bill to address the crisis of children illegally crossing the Southwest border.... Read more»1

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

Arizona's lethal irony

The death penalty is a serious issue, and a very ironic one. The very idea of punishing killing by killing does not make sense. It makes matters worse when payback can’t even be done correctly. This past week convicted murder Joseph Wood was put to death in an Arizona prison through the use of not-all-that-lethal injection.... Read more»

40 Mexican bishops taking 'intensive' exorcism course

Some 40 Catholic bishops in Mexico are taking an ‘intensive’ exorcism course led by an Italian priest who says he’s personally conducted 1,650 exorcisms.... Read more»1

Faith in values

Hobby Lobby's win is a loss for religious liberty

When for-profit corporations get the same privileges that have historically been given to religious groups that feed the hungry and care for the sick, religion itself is cheapened and devalued.... Read more»

Analysis

Church sex abuse survivors seek more than apology from pope

Pope Francis met with a small group of abuse survivors Monday, which was appreciated but no substitute for a true process of justice, advocates say.... Read more»

Hobby Lobby ruling geared to ‘closely held’ firms, but what is that?

The Supreme Court’s decision on contraceptives and employer health plans could affect companies and workers far beyond Hobby Lobby and the other plaintiffs. But nobody seems to know how far.... Read more»

High court will hear church’s challenge to Gilbert’s sign ordinance

The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it will consider a Gilbert church’s claim that the town’s sign ordinance discriminates against religious speech by placing stricter regulations on church signs than on other non-commercial signs.... Read more»

Hobby Lobby decision may not be last word on birth control coverage

State laws and an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruling may come into play.... Read more»

Az advocates hail, condemn Supreme Court ruling on contraception

Reaction was swift to the Supreme Court’s ruling that businesses cannot be forced to provide workers’ contraceptive coverage, if it conflicts with the owners’ religious beliefs. Supporters hailed it as a victory for religious rights, while opponents saw it as a setback for women’s rights.... Read more»

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