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This week, a federal judge in Hawaii temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised order on travel and immigration.  The renewed legal battle comes at a time when Atlanta area religious leaders are working out their messages to their congregations, about the president's order--and about immigration in general.

On the day the judge in Hawaii issued the temporary block on the president's order, WABE's Denis O'Hayer spoke with Atlanta Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory at the archdiocese office in Smyrna.

Pope Francis delivers his message on the occasion of an audience with participants of Rome's diocese convention in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 14, 2015.
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In June, Pope Francis wrote a letter to Catholic bishops, called an encyclical, which stressed the need to address climate change.

The 192-page letter, called "Laudato Si," urges people to take action to protect the planet.

Archbishop Gregory extends a blessing to a girl too young to receive holy Communion at the St. Francis of Assisi Church dedication.
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Pope Francis makes his first trip to the United States later this month. During his visit, the first Latin-American pope will make stops in Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia.

The pope will arrive in the U.S. for a five day visit on Sept. 22 at Joint Base Andrews in Washington. His arrival comes on the heels of several major announcements by the Roman Catholic Church that jolted followers around the world.

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President Obama’s executive action on immigration will provide temporary deportation relief and work permits for millions of undocumented immigrants. But some faith-based communities are split on whether it was wise for the president to take matters into his own hands.

Atlanta’s Catholic Archdiocese favors the president’s plan.