By Perry Stein,
Three veteran activists are staging a hunger strike in front of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception this week, calling on the Roman Catholic Church to open its church doors to undocumented immigrants fearing deportation.
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The protesters — an elderly nun, a female priest and a former Jesuit brother — said they have penned a letter to Cardinal Donald Wuerl making the request, but have received no response.
Wuerl, the leader of the Washington Archdiocese’s 620,000 Catholics, said in March that the church’s values compel it to oppose the deportation of immigrants living in the United States. But he has expressed caution about the idea of churches acting as sanctuaries for those seeking to avoid deportation.
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