Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly - October 16, 2015

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Mexico Migrant Center – As migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador flee violence and poverty in their native lands and travel through Mexico seeking refuge in the U.S., Fred de Sam Lazaro visits a migrant shelter in Northern Mexico. The Casa del Migrante was started by 72 year old Jesuit priest, Father Pedro Pantoja in the city of Saltillo, approximately 200 miles South of the U.S. border, and it is one of the few safe harbors for refugees on their perilous journey. Fred interviews its founder and some of the refugees who are seeking a safer and better life.

Author Geraldine Brooks – Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks has released a new historical novel, The Secret Chord, which focuses on the biblical King David. Religious themes and characters have been a hallmark of Brooks’ best-selling work. Kim Lawton visited Brooks at her home on Martha’s Vineyard to talk about the author’s conversion to Judaism, her spiritual practices and what she learned while researching King David.