• Obama spiritual adviser sees vibrant faith in ‘comforter in chief’

    Power Players

    Joshua DuBois is not your ordinary pastor. For the past four years, the 30-year-old Pentecostal minister was the spiritual adviser to the leader of the free world, praying with President Obama in the Oval Office and leading the administration’s outreach to faith-based groups.

    “He’s a deeply faithful president and didn’t need a whole bunch of help cultivating that faith,” DuBois said of Obama in an interview with Power Players on his term as director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. “I would say that he has a daily Christian walk, in terms of his reading a devotional and spending time meditation-meditating on scripture each day.”

    Obama’s spiritual walk was most challenged last December, when a gunman massacred 20 children and 6 others at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., DuBois said. The president later described the aftermath of the attack – including an emotionally wrenching visit to families of Newtown victims -- as

    Read More »from Obama spiritual adviser sees vibrant faith in ‘comforter in chief’
  • ISAF Commander: Afghanistan not ready to stand on its own, but will be in 2014

    On the Radar

    As commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, Jr. has one of the toughest jobs in the military: preparing Afghanistan to stand on its own by 2014 when the last international troops are set to pull out of the country.

    Gen. Dunford says Afghanistan isn’t yet strong enough to provide for its own security but is optimistic about the country's future.

    “The conditions are not yet set for a stable and secure Afghanistan in the long term from which Al Qaeda and other international extremist groups will not be able to conduct attacks on the West,” the general tells On the Radar.

    When asked if there's a "Plan B" in case Afghanistan isn't capable of providing for its own security by 2014, Dunford replies without hesitation that "it's going to work."

    “I'm confident that we have a plan in place right now to grow the Afghan security forces to the level they need to be at in order to secure the country,” Dunford

    Read More »from ISAF Commander: Afghanistan not ready to stand on its own, but will be in 2014
  • Los Angeles Archbishop: Undocumented immigrants should be given access to the American dream

    Power Players

    When the Catholic Church takes a political position, it typically falls on the conservative side of the spectrum, ranging from issues such as abortion to same-sex marriage. But that's not the case on immigration.

    As the Archbishop of Los Angeles, José Gomez represents the largest archdiocese in the United States--a significant percentage of whom are Hispanic--and tells ABC's Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila in an exclusive interview that the 10-12 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States deserve the opportunity to obtain full citizenship.

    "We have to give them the opportunity if they want to be citizens," says Gomez, who also serves as the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration. "If…they don't have the opportunity, then we will create a permanent underclass in our society, which is not fair, and it's not the American way."

    In offering a pathway to full citizenship for this illegal immigrant population, Gomez

    Read More »from Los Angeles Archbishop: Undocumented immigrants should be given access to the American dream

Pagination

(629 Stories)

Follow Yahoo! News

Follow Yahoo! News