RNS Morning Report: Unalienable Rights Commission; Catholic Symposium; New Editor of the Forward

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, and President Trump whisper during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House on July 16, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Need to know: Thursday, July 25, 2019

'Natural Law' Concerns

Faith groups urge State Department to abolish new ‘unalienable rights’ commission

A coalition of 430 human rights, foreign policy and faith-based organizations, leaders and scholars has asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to disband his controversial new human rights commission. More from Religion News Service

Setting Future Direction

Africa-wide Roman Catholic body marks 50 years of progress

Established during Pope Paul VI's 1969 visit to Uganda, the first by a pope in Africa, SECAM once consisted of fewer than 50 clerics. The symposium now brings together some 400 cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests from 40 national and regional bodies. More from Religion News Service

Fresh Leadership

New York Times editor Jodi Rudoren named new editor of the Forward

A former Jerusalem bureau chief at the Times and now an associate managing editor, Rudoren brings a boost of energy to the veteran publication that had cut 30% of its staff earlier this year and quit publishing its print edition. More from Religion News Service

Signs of the Times

Send back the Statue of Liberty

She entered our country in 1886 without a visa, has never applied for citizenship and does not speak one word of English. Worst of all, she advocates for open borders. It's time to send her back, writes Thomas Reese. More from Religion News Service

Comprehensive Data Set

Muslims are over-represented in state prisons, report says

A report from Muslim advocates finds a disproportionate number of Muslims in state prisons. Muslims make up some 9 percent of the state prison population versus about 1 percent of the U.S. population. More from NPR




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