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Alejandra Molina

Alejandra Molina is a National Reporter covering Latinos and religion in the West Coast. She is based in Los Angeles. Previously, she was a reporter for the Southern California News Group where she covered cities, immigration, race and religion for newspapers like The Orange County Register, The Press-Enterprise in Riverside and The Los Angeles Daily News.

All Stories by Alejandra Molina

Will La Luz Del Mundo persist with leader behind bars?

By Alejandra Molina — June 22, 2022
(RNS) — It’s incredibly difficult to leave a religious organization that’s given followers a worldview that says, ‘we are God’s chosen,’ experts note.

Seattle Pacific University students continue sit-in after viral graduation protest

By Alejandra Molina — June 17, 2022
(RNS) — 'We weren't just going to do the whole pomp and circumstance and let this issue fade into the background,' said graduating senior Chloe Guillot.

On abortion, Muslim Americans say Islamic history is ‘on the side of mercy’

By Alejandra Molina — June 17, 2022
(RNS) — Muslim Americans are gearing up for what overturning the landmark Roe v. Wade decision could mean for their communities.

California again seeks to pass human composting bill as Catholic bishops oppose it

By Alejandra Molina — June 16, 2022
(RNS) — Burial, cremation and alkaline hydrolysis are the only death care choices currently available in California.

Ex-members of La Luz del Mundo say Naasón Joaquín García deserves more than 16 years

By Alejandra Molina — June 9, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — ‘He deserves the full weight of the law,’ said Hector Vera, a former deacon of the church.

Religious leaders in Los Angeles talk abortion rights with Vice President Kamala Harris

By Alejandra Molina — June 8, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — ‘We all are there because we’re people of faith, and our faith traditions make space for women having autonomy over their bodies, and having choice,’ said the Rev. Najuma Smith-Pollard.

First transgender bishop of largest Lutheran denomination resigns

By Alejandra Molina — June 7, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The constant misinformation, bullying and harassment has taken too hard a toll in the Synod I love, my family and myself,’ said the Rev. Megan Rohrer.

Seattle Pacific University students plan to sue over LGBTQ exclusion

By Alejandra Molina — June 3, 2022
(RNS) — As of Friday morning, nearly $20,000 has been raised through GoFundMe to cover potential legal fees. The sit-in outside the president's office has been going on for more than 200 hours.

ELCA presiding bishop releases report examining removal of Latino pastor by Bishop Rohrer

By Alejandra Molina — June 2, 2022
(RNS) — The report comes months after the Rev. Megan Rohrer’s actions were criticized by the Asociación de Ministerios Latinos de la ELCA as showing a ‘lack of empathy and understanding toward their Latinx siblings.’

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy ‘stunned’ at being named cardinal by Pope Francis

By Alejandra Molina — May 31, 2022
(RNS) — News of McElroy’s appointment is being celebrated by the faithful who advocate for LGBTQ people, immigrants and labor rights as well as among those who stand against the politicization of the Eucharist.

Seattle Pacific University students stage sit-in over LGBTQ exclusion

By Alejandra Molina — May 27, 2022
(RNS) — The university’s board of trustees recently decided to retain a policy that prohibits the hiring of LGBTQ people.

Texas faith leaders accompany Uvalde community, decry gun culture after school rampage

By Alejandra Molina — May 25, 2022
(RNS) — ‘What happened yesterday is one more expression of how we leaders have failed,’ San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller said.

Los Angeles archdiocese requests sheriff’s campaign ad filmed in church be taken down

By Alejandra Molina — May 20, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — 'The Archdiocese of Los Angeles was not properly informed prior to the filming either by the priest contacted at the parish, or the campaign,' the statement read, adding that it does not endorse political candidates.

Preservationists seek to acquire beloved Hollywood home to cloistered nuns

By Alejandra Molina — May 18, 2022
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Over the years, the Monastery of the Angels community has been dwindling as the nuns age and after some died from COVID-19 and other causes, making it difficult to sustain the monastery’s ‘democratic way of life.’

1 dead, five wounded in California church shooting

By Alejandra Molina — May 15, 2022
(RNS) — Orange County Sheriff's Department deputies detained a person at the scene and have recovered a weapon.
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