- The Washington Times - Friday, February 19, 2016

(1) At the border, Francis laments the ‘human tragedy’ of immigration (Crux)

As the United States heads into an election cycle in which immigration reform is destined to be a voting issue, Pope Francis made a politically charged stop at the US-Mexico border Wednesday to highlight what he called the “human tragedy” faced by migrants.

…”The human tragedy that is forced migration is a global phenomenon today,” Francis said during his homily at a Mass for migrants and victims of violence. “This crisis, which can be measured in numbers and statistics, we want to instead measure with names, stories, families.”

(2) Trump’s Reaction to Pope: ‘Disgraceful’ (Wall Street Journal)

Donald Trump angrily rejected Pope Francis’s criticism of his border wall plan and his religious faith, made after a visit by the pontiff to Mexico.

“For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful,” Mr. Trump said. He added: “Who the hell cares?…We have to stop illegal immigration, massive crime.”

Earlier, Pope Francis said, referring to Mr. Trump: “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.” The pope made the comments during an overnight flight that departed Mexico Wednesday. “This man is not Christian if he talks that way.”

(3) Heirs to 2 Evangelical Empires Take Different Paths Into Political Fray (New York Times)

Jerry Falwell Jr., whose father, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, founded Liberty University and the Moral Majority movement, and the Rev. Franklin Graham, whose father, Billy Graham, is estimated to have preached the Gospel to millions of people, now find themselves forces of their own. Both are trying to balance their own identities, and their father’s legacies, at a time when religion is playing a powerful role in American politics.

(4) ‘Hookers 4 Hillary’ goes all out in Clinton fundraising push: Citing her defense of Obamacare, a group of nearly 500 employees is backing the Democratic candidate.

(5) Died: Charles C. Ryrie, Theologian Whose Study Bible Shaped Dispensationalism (Christianity Today)

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