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Faith Groups Call for End to Immigration Raids Amid Reports of Trafficking

This week more than 50 faith groups, including the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States and the Ignatian Solidarity Network, sent a letter to President Obama calling for an end to immigration raids targeting Central Americans.

Jesuits Welcome Decisions on Juvenile Sentencing, Solitary Confinement

The Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States has welcomed decisions by President Obama and the U.S. Supreme Court this week making significant reforms to the criminal justice system. On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Montgomery v. Louisiana to ban mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juvenile offenders. Also that day, President Obama issued executive orders to ban the use of solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in federal prisons. Referencing Pope Francis's address to U.S. Congress in September, in which he said that a just vision of punishment must include the possibility of rehabilitation, the Jesuits said the decisions will "improve our nation’s justice system for the better."

Jesuit-Affiliated Leaders to Unite for Lenten Blog on Racial Justice

This coming Lent, more than twenty writers from throughout the national Jesuit network, including Saint Louis University president Fred Pestello and Boston College theologian M. Shawn Copeland, will unite for racial justice by participating in a daily blog called "Lift Every Voice: A Lenten Journey Toward Racial Justice." Hosted by the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN), the blog will feature reflections on the daily readings through the lens of racial justice and Ignatian spirituality. According to the website, the purpose of the blog is twofold: to lament racial injustice and to reflect on how the Gospel calls Christians to respond.