You are here

Priests, rabbis and imams gather to defend 1 man from deportation

Bishop Mark Beckwith addresses the gathering in front of Grace Church in Newark, next to the Federal Building where deportation hearings are held. CYNTHIA BLACK PHOTO
By: 
Karen Yi | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Bishop Mark Beckwith addresses the gathering in front of Grace Church in Newark, next to the Federal Building where deportation hearings are held. CYNTHIA BLACK PHOTO

[NJ.com] NEWARK - Beneath the tall stained-glass windows at Grace Church, rabbis rubbed elbows with leaders of the Muslim faith, who in turn sat between bishops and reverends.

They all gathered early Wednesday morning to pray for one man: Catalino Guerrero, an undocumented immigrant who is facing deportation back to Mexico.

"Our faiths teach us compassion and hospitality, love for the stranger," Rabbi Joel Abraham of Temple Sholom in Scotch Plains said before more than 100 clergy members from across the state. "Our faith compels us to stand up for Catalino."

Go to NJ.com's full article & photo gallery>>

Photo gallery below by Cynthia Black. Video below by Nina Nicholson, originally broadcast via Facebook Live at facebook.com/dionewark.