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New year, new Congress, but a familiar agenda awaits
Jan 10 2007
WASHINGTON (CNS) – It’s apt that the start of the new congressional term coincides with the time of year when people are optimistically making New Year’s resolutions. Lose weight, get to the gym more often, pass comprehensive immigration reform, raise the minimum wage, make sure the farm bill reauthorization helps protect family farmers ... you know, the usual. With Democrats controlling both houses of Congress for the first time in 12 years, the dynamics behind what legislation advances will differ from what they have been under the Republican majority, which could be good news for some long-standing wish lists.

Jesuit priest among Newsweek's people to watch
Dec 28 2006
NEW YORK (CNS) -- Newsweek magazine has named Jesuit Father John P. Foley, president of the national Cristo Rey Network of Catholic high schools, among "the people to watch in the year ahead." Two other religious figures -- Episcopal Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Muslim professor Ingrid Mattson -- also made the magazine's gallery of 20 figures to keep an eye on in 2007 in various fields, from politics to sports, religion to entertainment, and education to business.

Archbishop decries immigration raids at meat plants in six states
Dec 15 2006
The archbishop of Denver decried the immigration raids conducted at meatpacking plants in six states Dec. 12 by federal authorities to arrest workers in the country illegally who were suspected of participating in an identity theft scam. "The mass arrest of unauthorized workers in Colorado and across the country this week once again puts a human face on the flaws in our immigration system, a system that needs immediate and very serious reform," Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said in a Dec. 13 statement.

Vatican officials gauge life span, geographic reach of Turkey visit
Dec 08 2006
Buoyed by Pope Benedict XVI's successful visit to Turkey, Vatican officials began trying to gauge its long-term effect on ecumenical and Catholic-Muslim dialogue in other parts of the world. Would the rave reviews and upbeat headlines carry over into coming weeks and months? And in the case of Islam, would the pope's outreach to a Muslim population on the edge of Europe make a similar impact in Arab and East Asian countries?