Refugee ban draws mixed reactions

Posted March 17, 2017 at 12:00 am

WASHINGTON (CNS) – Within hours of President Donald Trump’s new executive order March 6 banning arrivals from six majority-Muslim nations, Catholic and other religious groups joined secular leaders in questioning the wisdom of such a move, with others vowing to oppose it outright.

Bill O’Keefe, vice president for advocacy and government relations at Catholic Relief Services, said in a statement, “As the world’s most blessed nation, we should be doing more to provide assistance overseas and resettle the most vulnerable, not less. It is wrong, during this time of great need, to cut humanitarian assistance and reduce resettlement.”

“At the heart of the work of Catholic Charities is the Gospel mandate to welcome the stranger and care for the most vulnerable among us,” said Dominican Sister Donna Markham, president and

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    Archdiocese of Military Services takes up special collection for victims

    Catholics in the Armed Forces and members of the Archdiocese for Military Services have donated $63,383.39 in humanitarian assistance to victims of the historic flooding this past August.

    The AMS sent the donation on Jan. 27 to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which will distribute the funds, along with many other donations received from throughout the country, to south Louisiana flood victims through Catholic Charities USA.

    The donations were taken up

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    NCEA leader says school choice support can help Catholic parents

    SAN FRANCISCO – (CNS) The Trump administration’s apparent endorsement of parental school choice could present a “huge opportunity” for Catholic school parents, the president of the National Catholic Educational Association told a group of Catholic high school teachers in San Francisco.

    “This could be a huge opportunity for parents wanting to choose the right school for their children,” Thomas Burnford, NCEA president, told participants at the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s annual high school teachers’ consortium Feb. 3.

    “Whatever your politics,

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    Religious, political leaders condemn shooting at Quebec mosque

    QUEBEC CITY – Faith and political leaders condemned a shooting at Quebec's main mosque that left at least six people dead.

    Vigils were scheduled Jan. 30 in Quebec City and Montreal, the evening after two men entered the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center and opened fire, killing at least six men who were praying and injuring 19 more. Police later arrested two suspects, two men aged between 20 and 30. The motive behind the attack remained unclear.

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    Bishop opposes death sentence for killer

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (CNS) – Jurors unanimously agreed to sentence Dylann Roof to death for killing nine black churchgoers.

    In closing statements before the deliberation Jan. 10, the unrepentant 22-year-old told jurors that “I still feel like I had to do it,” the Associated Press reported.

    Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone of Charleston said in a statement that the Catholic Church opposes capital punishment and reminded people that all life is sacred.

    “We are all

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    Refugees, migration a front-burner topic

    WASHINGTON (CNS) – American artist Jacob Lawrence detailed the plight of black Americans in the South who were discriminated against, exploited for their labor, threatened with death and sometimes killed, and who lived in substandard conditions until they made their way north in hopes for a better life in his landmark work “The Migration Series.”

    The final panel of Lawrence’s 60-panel series, which had its first showing in 1941, reads simply: “And the migrants kept coming.”

    Today, 75 years

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    The year racism and fear make a comeback

    WASHINGTON (CNS) – It began with the fatal shootings of unarmed black men and women by police. It was exacerbated in the summer when, on July 7, a gunman in Dallas opened fire on police during a march, killing five officers in a presumed act of retaliation.

    Catholic Church leaders such as Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta in August called on others “to resolve to address the issues that lie beneath these acts of violence.” But

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    Archbishop calls for bishops’ racism statement given election tension

    BALTIMORE (CNS) – Earlier this year, as communities faced tensions, protests and violence, following a spate of shootings and killings of black men by police, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, asked dioceses across the country to observe a day of prayer for peace.

    He also wanted the bishops to look for ways they could help the suffering communities, as well as police affected by the incidents.

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    U.S. bishops speak out against attack in Turkey

    WASHINGTON (CNS) – Following the June 28 terrorist attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport in Turkey, the president of the U.S. bishops’ conference and Chicago’s archbishop issued statements emphasizing the need to find comfort in faith and show support Serra Club Essay Winners Announced to the suffering with prayer and generosity.

    The attack left over 40 people dead and over 230 injured.

    “Evil tests our humanity. It tempts us to linger in the terror of Istanbul, Paris, Brussels, San Bernardino (and) Orlando,” said

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    Cuomo, politician with complicated relationship with church, dies

    WASHINGTON (CNS) – While many tributes to former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo reference the impact of his 1984 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, for many Catholics, it was a different speech the same year that defined his political legacy.

    Cuomo, who died Jan. 1 at age 82, served three terms as governor and was sought after as a possible candidate for president, though he never took the plunge.

    Those two 1984 speeches may well have helped define both why

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