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Christian activists warn of slaughter of Syrian civilians in Afrin

March 12th, 2018 Posted in International News Tags: ,

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AMMAN, Jordan — Christian activists warn that 1 million Syrian civilians will face certain slaughter in northwestern Afrin, where they allege Turkey and its militant allies have already carried out “war crimes” and “ethnic cleansing.”

They have appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump and top U.S. officials to stop the bloodshed, warning that failure to act jeopardizes the hard-fought U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State in Syria.

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Jewish leader: Polish church should speak out as anti-Semitism rises

March 7th, 2018 Posted in International News Tags:

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WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s leading Jewish philosopher urged the Catholic Church to condemn a wave of anti-Jewish feeling, sparked by a new law on responsibility for Holocaust crimes.

“We have not witnessed such anti-Jewish outbursts for a long time; people are afraid, and our youngsters are talking about emigrating,” said Stanislaw Krajewski, a Warsaw University professor who co-chairs the Polish Council of Christians and Jews.

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Catholics must counteract ‘refusal to welcome’ migrants, speakers say

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ROME  — The Catholic Church and Catholic agencies that work with migrants and refugees around the world are called to educate, advocate and seek alternative host countries in the face of a growing “refusal to welcome” newcomers, as the Vatican secretary of state defined the situation.

Opening the plenary assemble of the International Catholic Migration Commission March 6 in Rome, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis’ top collaborator, decried how “the most economically advanced” nations, especially those who “undeniably owe a great deal of their development to migrants,” are now trying to close their borders. Read more »

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Broader representation of women in church is a process, cardinal says

March 4th, 2018 Posted in International News Tags:

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ROME — The fuller participation of women in decision-making in the Catholic Church is a continuing process that still needs time, Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell said.

Speaking during a question-and-answer session in Rome March 1 after the presentation of the book, “A Pope Francis Lexicon,” Cardinal Farrell said that a greater role for women in the church “is going to take more than just issuing a decree.”

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Berlin Archdiocese grieves after murder of African-born pastor

March 1st, 2018 Posted in International News Tags:

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BERLIN (CNS) — Archbishop Heiner Koch of Berlin paid tribute to Father Alain-Florent Gandoulou, the head of the archdiocese’s French-speaking ministry who was murdered in his office.

Archbishop Koch said Father Gandoulou, born in the Republic of Congo, “applied himself with great engagement to his community, whose members come from every French-speaking country in the world.”

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Nuclear dilemma: It’s non-violence or non-existence

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“To call the world’s nuclear situation dire is to understate the danger and its immediacy,” warned Rachel Bronson, Ph.D., president of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Famous for their symbolic Doomsday Clock, the Bulletin’s highly respected scientists and 15 Nobel Laureate consultants recently moved the clock to two minutes before midnight – warning that a nuclear war catastrophe is very possible!

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Christian leaders to reopen Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher

February 27th, 2018 Posted in International News Tags: ,

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JERUSALEM — Christian leaders in the Holy Land announced they would reopen the Church of the Holy Sepulcher Feb. 28 after the Israeli government has set up a negotiating team to resolve a municipal dispute over property taxes.

The heads of Christian churches expressed “our gratitude to all those who have worked tirelessly to uphold the Christian presence in Jerusalem and to defend the Status Quo,” the 19th-century agreement that governs Jerusalem’s holy places.

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Speakers decry detention for vulnerable migrant, refugee children

February 24th, 2018 Posted in International News Tags: ,

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UNITED NATIONS — Migration is not a crime and vulnerable migrant and refugee children should not be detained as if they were criminals, speakers said at a U.N. program Feb. 21.

At issue is the treatment of children who cross international borders with or without family members. According to international law, they are entitled to due process in the assessment of their legal status, entry and stay in the receiving country.

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Chileans speak to Vatican team investigating cover-up charges

February 23rd, 2018 Posted in International News Tags: , ,

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SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean clergy sex abuse victims gave testimony to a Vatican team sent to investigate charges that church officials covered up the abuse.

But many of the victims gave their testimony to a Spanish-speaking Vatican official after the main Vatican envoy underwent emergency surgery.

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‘Dreamers’ say they’re asking for chance to stay, not handouts

February 17th, 2018 Posted in International News Tags: ,

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HOUSTON — Angelica Velazquez came to the United States at age 3 when her parents brought her from Mexico to the United States. They came on tourist visas that they then overstayed.

Now 20, Velazquez applied for, paid her fees and was accepted as part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.

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