Pope Francis urged the country to set aside partisan divisions and focus instead on hope and healing in a historic address to Congress on Thursday that briefly suspended political rancor in the nation's capital.
Pope Francis called Father Junipero Serra a defender of "the dignity of the native community," as the first pope from the Americas canonized the 18th-century missionary known as the Apostle of California on Wednesday while he celebrated his first Mass in the United States.
For some, freedom of religion means freedom to be Christian, but not Muslim or any other religion they find offensive. They don't see discrimination of Muslims in the United States as a freedom of religion issue the way they do when Christians are discriminated against.
WASHINGTON -- Pope Francis will arrive in the United States on Tuesday amid raging partisan debates in Congress over abortion, immigration and climate change, giving him an extraordinary platform from which to influence -- and roil -- lawmakers of both parties.
It has come to be called "the Francis effect," this deep and direct connection that the pope, who will begin a six-day visit to the U.S. on Tuesday, has made with people around the world, both in and out of the faith.
In preparation for a meeting with Carroll County's state delegation, the county commissioners met to discuss legislative proposals Thursday, including requiring a maintenance of effort from the state for education funding, a hand-off of teacher pension payments to Maryland, a process for replacing a commissioner vacancy, and requiring quantification of global warming mitigation regulations.
Temperatures briefly reached 90 degrees Friday afternoon at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, a fourth consecutive day of heat and the longest stretch above 90 degrees this year.
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