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Exiled priest accuses Vatican of heresy

Father Roy Bourgeois has spent the better part of his 76 years like a polemical Don Quixote, tilting against the powerful windmills of his time: the U.S. military, Latin American dictatorships, the State Department, federal courts — and now the Vatican.... Read more»

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Obama gives 'sense of excitement' for those in sanctuary

President Obama’s announcement of new guidelines for immigration enforcement means that two people who sought sanctuary in Tucson churches while facing deportation have new hope that they won’t have to leave their families behind. Francisco Perez Cordoba and Rosa Robles Loreto watched the speech, surrounded by parishioners at their churches.... Read more»1

Video & full text of Obama's immigration speech

Obama to undocumented immigrants who fit certain criteria: “Here’s the deal ... you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation. You can come out of the shadows and get right with the law ... It does not grant citizenship, or the right to stay here permanently, or offer the same benefits that citizens receive.”... Read more»

Undocumented woman marks 100 days in sanctuary in Tucson church

For 100 days, Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto has stayed on the grounds of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, waiting and hoping for some reprieve from the deportation order that sent her into sanctuary in August. Supporters and faith leaders marked the stretch of time Saturday morning.... Read more»6

Barber's office collects holiday cards for troops

The office of U.S. Rep. Ron Barber is collecting holiday cards to bring the holiday spirit to hospitalized veterans and troops deployed overseas.... Read more»

All Souls: A walk to remember the departed

Tens of thousands of people are expected to converge on downtown Tucson dressed in costumes and sugar skull make-up on Sunday for the 25th annual All Souls Procession.... Read more»

This Irish cottage may be haunted by violent fairies

How else to explain a series of mysterious deaths that has villagers talking about ghosts and the benefits of demolition?... Read more»

Houston mayor: City will drop subpoenas for sermons

Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced Wednesday that the city will withdraw its subpoenas of five pastors who opposed a rule banning discrimination against gays and lesbians... Read more»

Gay marriage not recognized by Navajo Nation

The Diné Marriage Act, passed in 2005 by the Navajo Nation Council, defines marriage as between a man and a woman. But advocates say they hope tribal leaders will change their stance now that same-sex marriage is legal in Arizona, New Mexico and many other states.... Read more»1

In El Paso, a mirror of Catholicism's challenges

Catholicism remains the religion of choice for most people in El Paso, but membership in the church has declined. How the church adapts to modern societal beliefs will be reflected by what happens to its membership there.... Read more»

Immigrant sanctuary movement may move to Texas

Patterned after a movement in the 1980s, a multistate effort urging churches and other places of worship to provide sanctuary for undocumented immigrants began this month. The effort could come to Texas, where some leaders say such shelter is already being provided.... Read more»

St. Francis in the Foothills provides man sanctuary from deportation

St. Francis of the Foothills is giving refuge to a Tucson man who has had a deportation order hanging over his head for months. For nearly a year, Francisco Perez Cordova has feared leaving his home. With a formal order of deportation hanging over his head, Cordova has worried that a drive to work or the grocery store could lead to his removal from the United States, separating the married father of five from his family.... Read more»1

How one Spanish priest went gangster in Central America

El Salvador officials recorded Spanish priest Antonio Rodriguez becoming way too chummy with the jailed ‘mara’ gang members he was meant to be rehabilitating. An investigation that found Rodriguez to have sought favors for gang members and smuggled contraband into prisons.... Read more»

Faith groups announce nat'l coalition to support sanctuary movement

Reinvigorated by two recent sanctuary cases at Tucson’s Southside Presbyterian Church, a sanctuary movement is once again offering refuge to people subject to deportation. Faith leaders announced Wednesday that 24 congregations across the country are part of the effort to shelter undocumented immigrants from officials... Read more»

Sanctuary movement in Tucson may give refuge to third immigrant

A third person may take refuge in a Tucson church if immigration officials do not accept his request for a stay of deportation on Wednesday. Francisco Perez Cordova will go into sanctuary at St. Francis in the Foothills on Thursday night unless authorities agreed to give him a stay of deportation and close his case.... Read more»

City Council asks feds to close sanctuary case

The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to ask the White House and Homeland Security to close the deportation case against Rosa Robles Loreto, who has been in sanctuary at a Tucson church for nearly 50 days.... Read more»2

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