Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, April 11th

Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Justice Ginsburg Urges New Citizens to Make America Better

Bedecked in a multicolored collar that reflected the diversity of the 201 new citizens before her, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg presided over a naturalization ceremony on Tuesday at the New-York Historical Society, treating her rapt audience to a history lesson, one crackling with life and liberty. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, April 11th”

Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, April 10th

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Pope Francis Puts Caring for Migrants and Opposing Abortion on Equal Footing

Caring for migrants and the poor is as holy a pursuit as opposing abortion, Pope Francis declared in a major document issued by the Vatican on Monday morning.

Pushing back against conservative critics within the church who argue that the 81-year-old pope’s focus on social issues has led him to lose sight of the true doctrine, Pope Francis again cast himself, and the mission of the Roman Catholic Church, in a more progressive light. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, April 10th”

Newspaper Prayers: Monday, April 9th

Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, April 9, 2018

As Trump Seeks Way Out of Syria, New Attack Pulls Him Back In

Days after President Trump said he wanted to pull the United States out of Syria, Syrian forces hit a suburb of Damascus with bombs that rescue workers said unleashed toxic gas.

Within hours, images of dead families sprawled in their homes threatened to change Mr. Trump’s calculus on Syria, possibly drawing him deeper into an intractable Middle Eastern war that he hoped to leave. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Monday, April 9th”

Newspaper Prayers: Friday, April 6th

Headlines from NPR On-Line for Friday, April 6, 2018

‘You Would Always Have My Back’: Brothers With Autism Navigate Life Together

Brothers Russell, 28, and Remmick Wadsworth, 27, have autism. As kids, they had trouble with social interactions, so they often relied on each other for support during tough situations. Now, as the siblings navigate the working world, they’re still looking out for each other.

Remmick remembers his first job, working with his older brother in a coffee shop. “You would always have my back, talking to customers for me, handle them for me while I make their drinks,” he tells Russell during a StoryCorps conversation. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Friday, April 6th”

Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, April 5th

Headlines from the New York Times for Thursday, April 5, 2018

Inside an Immigrant Caravan: Women and Children, Fleeing Violence

With a sarcastic half-smile, Nikolle Contreras, 27, surveyed her fellow members of the Central American caravan, which President Trump has called dangerous and has used as a justification to send troops to the border.

More than 1,000 people, mostly women and children, waited patiently on Wednesday in the shade of trees and makeshift shelters in a rundown sports complex in this Mexican town, about 600 miles south of the border. They were tired, having slept and eaten poorly for more than a week. All were facing an uncertain future. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Thursday, April 5th”

Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, April 4th

Headlines from the New York Times for Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Church Leaders Who Propelled Civil Rights Movement Look to Rekindle King’s Activist Spirit

(Below are a few excerpts from a long article that can be found in the New York Times on-line.)

Bishop Blake, 78, the pastor of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles, has developed a reputation as a calming force in raucous moments — whether in the church or the community. But presiding over a Pentecostal denomination of roughly six million members worldwide, he is well aware of his power. And, like many black clergy members, he is grappling with how to use that power in an activist climate that has drastically shifted in style and substance since the civil rights era. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Wednesday, April 4th”

Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, April 3rd

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Trump Transforms Immigrant Caravans in Mexico Into Cause Célèbre

It has become a regular occurrence, particularly around the Easter holiday: scores or even hundreds of Central American migrants making their way north by foot and vehicle from southern Mexico. They include everyone from infants to the elderly, fleeing violence and poverty in their homelands.

They travel in large groups — the current is one of the largest at about 1,200 participants — in part for protection against the kidnappers, muggers and rapists that stalk the migrant trail, but also to draw more attention to their plight. Some have the United States in mind, but many are only thinking as far as a new home in Mexico. Continue reading “Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, April 3rd”