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Abel and Idalia Rodriguez watch a live broadcast of President Barack Obama's national address with their daughters Nov. 20 outside the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. The president extended a deferral of deportations to parents of millions of U.S. citizens a nd legal residents. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Obama immigration plan largely welcomed; critics challenge its legality

By Catholic News Service  President Barack Obama’s package of actions affecting millions of people without legal immigration status received support from Catholic organizations, labor unions and immigration advocates even as critics contended that the steps he announced violated the Constitution. Advocates for the immigrant community, including national and international church agencies, continued their call for…

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A Pope Francis book for the Catholic new year

November 21,2014 VATICAN CITY — For Catholics a new year begins Nov. 30, the first Sunday of Advent. Our new book, “Pope Francis: A Guide to God’s Time,” explains the church’s liturgical year using the pope’s homilies. The book is published by Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Libreria Editrice Vaticana (the…

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