Interfaith groups call for Medicaid expansion
In a letter to the legislative leadership, two of the state's largest religious organizations, the Texas Catholic Conference and Texas Impact, urged policymakers to extend Medicaid coverage to 1.3 million low-income, uninsured Texans as part of the federal Affordable Care Act; failing that, the organizations called for any proposed alternative to Medicaid be equal in coverage or breadth of eligibility that would have been achieved under that expansion.
Ecumenical statement on immigration
Last week Austin was host the annual meeting of Christian Churches Together, a national ecumenical group of church leaders. This meeting was significant for two reasons. The first was the signing of a Statement of Intent regarding baptism between the Catholic Church, the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the Presbyterian Church, the Reformed Church in America and the United Church of Christ. The second was the adoption of a statement calling for fundamental immigration reform.
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Read the full Statement on Immigration Reform
PLENARY INDULGENCE FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH
Catholics who participate in events connected with the 2012-2013 Year of Faith can receive a special indulgence, according to a decree issued by the Vatican on September 14, 2012. Pope Benedict established the Year of Faith to run from Oct. 11, 2012, to Nov. 24, 2013. Read more...
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