Tuesday's News & Ideas - 7/2/2019

  • Migrant children in churches?
  • Pastors & immigration
  • Refugee leaves sanctuary
  • Newman to be saint
  • Geisler dies
  • Plants at Chernobyl

Hispanic evangelical group offers to house migrant children in churches
Religion News Service: The largest Hispanic evangelical Christian network in the United States announced it will offer to work with the Trump administration to provide resources and shelter to migrant children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

‘May God bless you’: evangelical pastors’ hidden role in human smuggling’s boom
The Guardian: As trusted individuals in a Guatemalan culture rooted in religion, pastors and priests play a role in the booming business behind immigration.

Iraqi refugee in New Mexico leaves church sanctuary after two years
Religion News Service: Kadhim Al-bumohammed, a refugee from Iraq who trained tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers in Arabic and Arab culture, walked out of a church basement last week a free man.

English cardinal John Newman to be declared a saint
The Guardian: Cardinal John Newman will be canonized in a ceremony in St Peter’s Square in Vatican City on 13 October, almost 130 years after he died.

Apologist Norman Geisler, who didn’t have ‘enough faith to be an atheist’
Christianity Today: Just two months after his retirement from public ministry, evangelical theologian Norman Geisler died Monday at age 86.

The Spark

Nuclear plant: How plants reclaimed Chernobyl's poisoned land
Trees and other kinds of vegetation have proven to be remarkably resilient to the intense radiation around the nuclear disaster zone, the BBC says.

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