Religious, labor leaders address immigration bill
WASHINGTON Religious and labor leaders are criticizing plans by senators writing an immigration bill to boost employment-based immigration and limit visas granted to people because of family ties.
On a conference call Wednesday, officials representing the Roman Catholic Church, the AFL-CIO and others said that family immigration is a cornerstone of the nations immigration policy and that shouldnt change. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka says immigration reform should work to unite families, not divide them.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and others involved in writing a comprehensive immigration bill say U.S. citizens should only be able to sponsor immediate family members to join them in the U.S. not siblings and others as now is allowed. Instead, they want more visas for people with job prospects or educational achievements.
Spring Cantata to be held Sunday
First United Methodist Church will hold its Spring Cantata at 11 a.m. Sunday.
This years program is Come, Walk With Me by Pepper Choplin.
Written in 2011, Come Walk With Me features many different styles of music.
The piece follows the journey of Jesus from the Upper Room to the resurrection Easter Day. Everyone is welcome.
Support group to begin at Methodist Church
First United Methodist Church of Durango will be the host site for an eight-week support group for adoptive mothers based on Paula Freemans book A Place I Didnt Belong.
The sessions will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday. Cost is $60 to cover materials for the class.
To register, call Rachel Harrison at (301) 524-5991 or email her at email@example.com.
Pa. woman sues church, alleges priest abuse
PHILADELPHIA A new priest-abuse lawsuit accuses church and local authorities of letting a Philadelphia-area priest flee to Poland during a stalled investigation.
The lawsuit says the priest assaulted a woman last year while counseling her at a Roman Catholic shrine in Bucks County, Pa..
The woman volunteered at Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown. The Associated Press is not naming the accused priest because he could not be reached for comment.
He belongs to the Pauline Fathers, a religious order at the shrine. A woman who answered the phone Wednesday said the Pauline supervisors were in prayer and not available.
The lawsuit also accuses Bucks County prosecutors and Philadelphia Archdiocese officials of failing to pursue the complaint and letting the priest flee.
Herald Staff and Associated Press