The Senate agreed to an immigration bill that would create a path to citizenship for many of the illegal immigrants in the United States. If some undocumented workers were able to stay, it could allay fears in many families. When undocumented immigrants have children born in the U.S., those children are considered U.S. citizen. If the parents receive a deportation notice, the families often split.
“For me personally, it’s so encouraging to be surrounded by people who believe in marriage, who are working at it, who love each other,” says Kathy Berkemeyer, who together with her husband Jack celebrated Valentine’s Day by renewing their vows at the annual Mass for Lovers ceremony held in Old St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Chicago. More
Part four of a four-part series on faith and family: a growing number of families are not the traditional married mother and father with children — single mothers, cohabiting men and women, gay couples, and the divorced have become more common. How are churches and other religious groups responding to these families? More
Amid the slow recovery from Hurricane Katrina, Christ Church, the Episcopal Cathedral of New Orleans, turned 200 years old. It honored its birthday and the city with a formal concert and the street music of a jazz funeral — mourning what was lost but confident of rebirth. More
Part three of a four-part series on faith and family: poor black families endure huge problems — high rates of divorce, single parents, and out-of-wedlock births. Why are so many poor African-American families in trouble, and what are their churches doing to help? More
Part two of a four-part series on faith and family: three quarters of all Americans say they believe it’s likely their children will grow up to be of the same religious faith as their parents, but more than half say they worry about that. More