WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Catholic students from across the United States met Monday with members of Congress and urged them to stand with Pope Francis on climate change, immigration reform, and human rights in Central America.
An estimated 1,200 concerned individuals, mostly college and high school students representing 90 Catholic institutions from 25 states, Canada, El Salvador and Mexico, gathered in Washington D.C. over the weekend for the annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice conference.
To cap off the weekend-long conference, the liberal-leaning Ignatian Solidarity Network hosted a day of advocacy on Capitol Hill Monday morning, which marked the largest Catholic advocacy day of the year. more >>
A group representing Latinos in Congress is demanding that Saturday Night Live cancel Donald Trump's scheduled hosting of its next episode.
"Mr. Trump's 'racist remarks' and his continued rhetoric demonizing Latinos and immigrants has created fear within these communities around the country, many of which are represented in Congress," reads the Monday statement from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
"[T]he Congressional Hispanic Caucus urges NBCUniversal to stand by its earlier commitment to end its relationship with Mr. Trump because the values of 'respect and dignity for all people' are more important than ratings and ad revenues." more >>
President Barack Obama has decided to deploy dozens of U.S. troops to train, advise and assist local rebel forces on the ground in northern Syria to fight the Islamic State terror group, the White House announced Friday.
Fewer than 50 soldiers will be based in Syria and openly work with local ground forces, Josh Earnest, spokesman for the White House, told reporters Friday, marking the expansion of the U.S. fight against IS, which controls a large part of Syria and Iraq.
Thus far, the U.S. has conducted airstrikes in Syria, targeting IS. more >>
GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested Sunday that if he had been president at the time, the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks would not have happened.
Former Florida governor and fellow candidate Jeb Bush slammed Trump's remarks as "shameful attacks" on his brother, former President George W. Bush.
"I am extremely, extremely tough on illegal immigration," Trump said on "Fox News Sunday." "I believe that if I were running things … I doubt that those people would have been in the country," he added of the Islamic militants who hijacked four commercial airliners and killed nearly 3,000 people on 9/11. more >>
This week the Senate will vote on a bill that targets "sanctuary cities." Apart from the political calculations that underlie this vote, it is in part a response to the shooting death of Kate Steinle this summer in San Francisco.
Our hearts grieve deeply with Steinle's family. As parents of daughters, we cannot fathom the tragic loss her family is suffering.
As local and national advocates for immigrants and immigration, we want to extend our sympathies. But as Congress returns this week, we also want to speak on behalf of the Sanctuary movement, which has been scapegoated unfairly. more >>
We are two local faith leaders troubled by the current global humanitarian crisis facing immigrants and refugees and seeking tangible ways to faithfully respond to those who have found their way to our community.
We were encouraged that Pope Francis' first words in his first speech in the U.S. addressed this issue, "As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in your country, which was largely built by such families."
The Pope reminded us of one of the unique strengths of this great country. We are a nation of immigrants, who throughout history have been willing to welcome the tired and poor, the huddled masses to our shores. more >>