Signs Of the Times

Defending 'Dreamers.' Immigration advocates demonstrate on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House in Washington in this Dec. 30, 2015, file photo. (CNS photo/Shawn Thew/EPA)
Kevin Clarke January 12, 2017
Under current law many so-called Dreamers are technically subject to deportation to home countries.
(Michael O’Loughlin photo)
Michael J. O’Loughlin January 12, 2017
Chicago experienced a level of gun violence unseen in nearly two decades in 2016.
(AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
Jan-Albert Hootsen January 12, 2017
Social unrest swept across Mexico in early January as protests over a hike in gasoline prices escalated into acts of looting, riots and blockades of highways.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan receives the gavel from House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Jan. 3. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
Robert David Sullivan January 12, 2017
The pro-life movement may be one of the biggest beneficiaries as the Republicans take control of both the White House and Congress.

Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, known as the “cardinal of the people” and one of the most active voices against Brazil’s military dictatorship, died in São Paulo on Dec. 14. • Pope Francis celebrated his 80th birthday on Dec.

Pope Francis receives the "Bun of peace" at the Vatican Dec. 16 from Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife, Maria Clemencia Rodriguez. (CNS photo/Vincenzo Pinto, pool via Reuters)
In an unexpected diplomatic initiative to consolidate the fragile peace accord in Colombia, Pope Francis on Dec. 14 brought together the country's president, Juan Manuel Santos, and his archrival, former president Senator Álvaro Uribe, a strong opponent of the accord.