By Democracy Now
Reverend Dr. William Barber, president of Repairers of the Breach and president of the North Carolina NAACP, speaks on the Republican legislature stripping power from the state’s incoming governor.
By Elise Harris, Crux
Eight homeless people, two women and six men, were invited to have breakfast with Pope Francis on his 80th birthday at his residence in the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse. Throughout the day birthday treats and a special Christmas gift will be given to the poor and needy in Rome to honor the occasion.
By Bob Allen, Baptist News Global
Conservative white evangelicals credited with helping to elect Donald Trump as president oppose his pick for secretary of state not because of his cozy ties with Russia but for his role in leading the Boy Scouts of America to drop their policy of excluding youth who are openly gay.
By Religion & Ethics
A diverse coalition of religious groups gathered in Washington this week to deliver a petition signed by 2,500 faith leaders raising concerns about other Trump appointees. The petition called on Trump to reject bigotry and appoint more tolerant advisers.
By Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post
Donald Trump’s victory put the spotlight on white, rural voters, many of them evangelicals, who were drawn to his “Make America Great Again” message.
By Francine Kiefer, Christian Science Monitor
Democrats largely ignored rural America in November’s election – to their cost, in a few key states. But the trend had been building within Congress for six years. Now they’re struggling to find a remedy.
By Patricia Sullivan, Washington Post
Immigration attorneys in the Washington area and across the country say they have seen a surge in calls, consultations and clients since Election Day, a growth fueled by Trump’s anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric and the across-the-board gains of Republicans with hard-line views on border issues.
By Jamiles Lartey, The Guardian
A South Carolina jury has found Dylann Roof, the self-avowed white supremacist who killed nine black parishioners in a Charleston church in June 2015, guilty of all 33 federal charges he faced, including hate crimes, murder, attempted murder and obstruction of religion.
By Peter Feuerherd, National Catholic Reporter
While planning last summer, parish leaders at Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church didn’t consider that an Advent creche proclaiming “Jesus the Global Refugee” might be controversial.
By Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter
A petition made public Thursday seeks thousands of Catholics to urge Donald Trump “to take swift and meaningful action” as president on climate change, primarily through honoring commitments and pledges enacted under his predecessor.