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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

Archdiocese of Los Angeles issues new guidelines to fully reopen parishes

By Alejandra Molina — June 14, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Masks will not be required for fully vaccinated people during indoor and outdoor religious services.

What Catholic bishops are actually saying about denying Communion to politicians

By Jack Jenkins, Claire Giangravé, Alejandra Molina — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — A rapidly escalating theological debate is liable to yield few clear answers.

‘An unusual nun’: Socialite-turned-monastic Ann Russell Miller dies at 92

By Alejandra Molina — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The first two-thirds of my life were devoted to the world,’ Ann Russell Miller told friends. ‘The last third will be devoted to my soul.’

Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren signals retirement with search for successor

By Alejandra Molina — June 7, 2021
(RNS) — 'For more than 40 years Kay and I have known that this time, this day would eventually arrive, and we’ve been waiting on God's perfect timing,' Warren said.

Former art studio of LA’s ‘pop art nun’ designated as historic monument

By Alejandra Molina — June 4, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The former art studio of the late Corita Kent, known as LA’s 'pop art nun,' had been slated for demolition to make way for additional parking.

‘We’ve been here all along’: Author pushes back against erasure of young Asian American Buddhists

By Alejandra Molina — June 3, 2021
(RNS) — In her debut book, ‘Be the Refuge,’ author and former Buddhist chaplain Chenxing Han asks: ‘Where are all the young adult Asian American Buddhists, and what can we learn from them?’

Younger Jews see no contradiction in speaking up for Palestinians

By Alejandra Molina — May 28, 2021
(RNS) — Younger American Jews are using social media to publicly question their relationship to Israel and Zionism in the wake of the violence that killed at least a dozen people in Israel and hundreds in Gaza.

Arrest made in suspected antisemitic attack in LA as Jewish community remains on edge

By Alejandra Molina — May 24, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Xavier Pabon, 30, was taken into custody around 10:15 p.m. Friday (May 21) and was released on $275,000 bond early Sunday, according to jail records.

Los Angeles police investigating brawl as antisemitic hate crime

By Alejandra Molina — May 20, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — After Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a hate crime investigation of an attack against Jewish diners, another video surfaced of a separate incident involving an Orthodox Jewish man being chased by two cars with people waving a Palestinian flag.

A new digital exhibit maps the Jewish histories of Los Angeles’ Eastside

By Alejandra Molina — May 20, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — The virtual exhibit, 'Jewish Histories in Multiethnic Boyle Heights,' launched by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, explores the Jewish institutions that made up the historical landscape of this Eastside community.

Calls to deny Communion to Biden for abortion views prompt Catholic soul-searching

By Alejandra Molina — May 18, 2021
(RNS) — As the bishops debate, ordinary Catholics consider what the sacrament does for them.

Biden inauguration priest resigns as president of Jesuit university

By Alejandra Molina — May 13, 2021
(RNS) — The Rev. Kevin O’Brien’s resignation comes about two months after he was placed on leave while he was under investigation for unspecified allegations.

Muslims and Catholics in Orange County to unite for Eid al-Fitr prayers

By Alejandra Molina — May 12, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — In the spirit of interfaith solidarity, St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church is offering its campus to host Eid prayers for the Islamic Center of Fullerton, a growing congregation that operates out of a small office space.

California bill could bar UC Health from affiliating with Catholic hospitals that limit abortions

By Alejandra Molina — May 7, 2021
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Senate Bill 379 would ensure that, moving forward, UC Health would only affiliate with hospitals that will allow its staff to provide all necessary care.

Man charged in San Gabriel Mission blaze that destroyed rooftop of historic church

By Alejandra Molina — May 4, 2021
SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (RNS) — John David Corey faces two felony counts of arson of an inhabited structure and one count each of arson during a state of emergency, first-degree residential burglary and possession of flammable material, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office says.
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