DREAM Act dies in Senate; immigrant advocates remain determined
Dec 20 2010
WASHINGTON - The Senate’s inability to overcome a threatened filibuster Dec. 18 scuttled passage of the DREAM Act, prompting immigrant advocates to pledge to push forward on immigration reform next year with a new Congress and fight for what one immigrant leader termed the “respect we deserve.”
Boost in tourism to Bethlehem in 2010 pleases Palestinian businesses
Dec 16 2010
BETHLEHEM, West Bank – With five new hotels in the works, a handful of new souvenir shops opening recently and nearly 40 restaurants able to serve crowds from 100 to 1,000, the Bethlehem economy is showing signs of recovery following the desperate intifada years.
House vote, delay on Senate vote give hope for DREAM Act backers
Dec 10 2010
WASHINGTON – With a vote of 59 to 40, the Senate Dec. 9 kept alive hopes for passing the DREAM Act by tabling the long-sought bill that would give potentially millions of students who are in the country illegally the chance to go to college or join the military and legalize their status.
Us and Them
Nov 18 2010
Last week, I wrote about the various vocations that are crucial to the fulfillment of the Church’s mission, focusing on the Sacrament of the Holy Order of Deacon. The vocations of our permanent deacons, as with priests, are visible to the Catholic community. You see their generous labors at Masses, Baptisms, funerals, weddings, hospitals, prisons and elsewhere in the community. The work of these men on behalf of the Church and God’s people is an impressive and holy example for others in our community to witness and emulate.
Worldly views troubling
Nov 16 2010
I was deeply grieved to see (CR, Nov. 4) that Catholic registered voters cared more about the economy and less about protecting marriage than the rest of the registered voter population. While the economy is important, shouldn’t we be concerned about the things that are near and dear to the heart of God?