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In Nogales, Son., a procession of about 120 migrants and supporters walk along the border fence separating Arizona and Mexico as part of a posada. A posada is a Mexican tradition in which people commemorate the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem.

A crowd of more than 100 people congregated outside a border crossing in downtown Nogales this weekend, walking to an aid center almost two miles away during a Christmas season posada highlighting the travails of migrants. Read more»

En Nogales, Son., una procesion de casi 120 migrantes y otras personas apoyandolos caminan al lado de la pared fronteriza separando a Arizona y México como parte de una posada. Una posada es una tradición mexicana que conmemora el la migracion de Maria y Jose a Belen.

Un grupo de más de 100 personas se congregaron fuera de un cruze fronterizo en el centro de Nogales el fin de semana, caminando a un centro de ayuda casi dos millas de distancia durante una posada navideña sobresaltando los viajes de migrantes. Read more»

Publications like the "Arizona Catholic Tribune" often contain heavily partisan coverage masqueraded as local news that can easily blur the line between fact and political propaganda – especially when the partisan tilt is not formally disclosed. Read more»

The San Xavier Mission School is working on helping place students in other schools.

While families went through their back-to-school rituals, and children were ready to go to class, the San Xavier Mission School was shut down August 12 due to low enrollment and lack of staffing. Read more»

The Chilocco Indian Agricultural School in Oklahoma, one of hundreds across the U.S. in the 19th and 20th centuries that worked to forcibly assimilate Indigenous children into Western culture, often separating families and punishing use of tribal language and traditions. Arizona had 47 such schools over the years.

Indian boarding schools led to more than a century of abuse, systematically seizing Indigenous land, separating children from families and destroying communities - while advocates say modern schools are not perfect, they are a far cry from horrors of the past. Read more»

Protest sign at the 2009 March for Life in Washington, D.C. at the National Mall.

Most anti-abortion rallies have signs and banners with religious admonitions such as “pray for life” and “pray to end abortion,” but in actuality, America’s religious community is divided over the issue of abortion. Read more»

Because one priest replaced “I” with “we” in Arizona, thousands of baptisms are now rendered invalid by the Catholic Church. What? Read more»

People rally at a demonstration against COVID-19 vaccination mandates at Tucson Medical Center on August 14, 2021.

For Americans wary of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, it seems there are plenty of leaders offering ways to get exemptions – especially religious ones - so what are they, and is the government even required to offer the exemptions in the first place? Read more»

Pope Francis is presiding over a divided church.

In a move that sent shock waves through the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis took sudden steps to curtail the traditional Latin Mass, a blow to the traditionalist, far-right movement that disagrees with Francis’ vision of a Church aligned with open societies. Read more»

Children at Havasupai Indian School in Cataract Canyon, Arizona, in 1901.

With nearly 1,000 bodies in mass graves discovered this month on the grounds of Canadian boarding schools amid their ongoing investigation, and Secretary of the Interior Deb Halaand’s recent pledge to investigate past abuses in the U.S., Arizona’s Indigenous boarding schools will face fresh scrutiny. Read more»

St. Augustine Cathedral in Tucson.

An effort to eliminate clergy privilege and force religious leaders to report child abuse to legal authorities was unable to get enough votes to make it out of committee Tuesday after days of backroom drama. In Arizona, clergy are not mandated reporters and suspected child abuse or neglect isn’t exempted from that, even if it is ongoing. And religious leaders cannot be forced to testify in court about abuse a parishioner confessed to committing. Read more»

Asylum-seekers at the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Sonora in December 2019.

As Pima County continues to host asylum-seekers after their release from Border Patrol stations in Southern Arizona — including t35 people over the weekend in Ajo — Administrator Chuck Huckelberry proposed a contract to drive migrants outlying areas to shelters in Tucson. Read more»

Asylum-seeking families at the Kino Border Initiative in December 2019.

Pima County may be facing another shelter crisis for migrants, and officials are pushing for federal funding to help deal with COVID-19 issues. According to a letter from Arizona's senators, the Border Patrol's capacity in Arizona is already strained. Read more»

The Cathedral of Saint Augustine (also called Saint Augustine Cathedral) is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson. A federal lawsuit claims that priests from the St. John’s Seminary in California that had a problematic history were often transferred to Arizona to avoid further attention in California.

A federal lawsuit accuses the Tucson Diocese and Los Angeles Diocese of violating Arizona’s racketeering laws by burying allegations that some priests sexually abused children and moving those priests from parish to parish instead of turning them over to law enforcement. Read more»

A protest against the implementation of the 'Migrant Protection Protocols' in Tucson on Dec. 16, 2019.

Pima County expects to assist about 12,000 asylum-seekers in the coming year, and are seeking more than $1 million in federal funding to "compensate" for the costs of a migrant shelter — which are running about half of July's projection. Read more» 2

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