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University presidents: Immigration reform a 'moral obligation'

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Catholics unsure of the need for comprehensive immigration reform might consider reflecting on the novel, play and film Les Miserables, said John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America.

Referring to Jean Valjean, the protagonist in Victor Hugo's 19th-century story who is pursued through his life for stealing a loaf of bread, Garvey said: "At some point, we've got to let those transgressions go."

Educators say interest hike puts college out of reach for more students

The president of Trinity Washington University chastised congressional lawmakers for not stopping a hike in the interest rate on student loans.

"The failure of Congress to prevent interest rates on Stafford loans from doubling is simply reprehensible," Patricia McGuire told Catholic News Service.

My country 'tis of thee: Evangelicals score highest on patriotism

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When it comes to God and country, white evangelicals report the most intense patriotic feelings in a new poll, with more than two-thirds (68 percent) saying they are extremely proud to be an American.

That figure was markedly higher than for white mainline Protestants (56 percent), minority Christians (49 percent), Catholics (48 percent) and religiously unaffiliated Americans (39 percent), according to the study, conducted by the Washington-based Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service.

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