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US Bishops: Resist Temptation to Scapegoat Syrian Refugees After Paris Attacks (2188)

The U.S. bishops’ chairman of the migration committee called for ‘strengthening the already stringent [refugee] program,’ while at the same time continuing to ‘welcome those in desperate need.’

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Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria in Jordan

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Washington — Several bishops are saying people must resist the temptation to scapegoat all Middle-Eastern refugees, since they themselves are fleeing violence similar to what happened in Paris last Friday.

“We cannot and should not blame [refugees] for the actions of a terrorist organization,” Bishop Eusebio Elizondo Almaguer, auxiliary bishop of Seattle, said Nov. 17 during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ general assembly.

“These refugees are fleeing terror themselves — violence like we have witnessed in Paris. They are extremely vulnerable families, women and children, who are fleeing for their lives,” said the bishop, who is chair of the USCCB’s committee on migration.


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What Does Compassion Have To Do With the Annulment Process, Pope Francis on Paris Attacks, and More! (2068)

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Middle-East Scholar: Islam Needs a Renewal of Reason (5545)

Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir says the Muslim religion was much more rational in the Middle Ages than it is today.

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Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir

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The Muslims identified as the perpetrators of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris were from some of the most secular parts of northern Europe, where Christianity, especially Catholicism, is weakest.

So to what extent did secularism and a weak Catholicism possibly play a role in their radicalization? In this Nov. 17 interview, Jesuit Father Samir Khalil Samir, a scholar of Islam and pro-rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, discusses some problems inherent to Islam, as well as secularist trends that have influenced the spread of fundamentalist Muslim violence.

Father Samir, who was born in Cairo, also explains that the Islam of the 12th and 13th centuries was “much more...READ MORE

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Vatican: No Final Decision Yet on Mother Teresa’s Canonization (3540)

Responding to a press report that the canonization would occur next September, the Holy See Press Office told CNA that her sainthood cause has not concluded.

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VATICAN CITY — Despite rumors that a date has been set for Mother Teresa’s canonization, the Holy See Press Office told CNA Wednesday that the cause for sainthood has not concluded, and no date has been officially set.

Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini, vice director of the Holy See Press Office, confirmed to CNA that there is “a project, a study being carried out” on the potential future canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa.

However, he said, there is nothing juridical in place yet, as the setting of a date would require the sainthood cause to be concluded and the Pope to give his consent.

Father Benedettini could not confirm whether there would be a meeting of cardinals next month to...READ MORE

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Pope: ‘Door of God’s Mercy Is Always Open,’ So Church’s Doors Must Be Open (1243)

‘May Christian families make the threshold of their homes a small sign of the great door of God’s mercy and welcome,’ the Holy Father also said Nov. 18.

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis centered his weekly catechesis on the upcoming Year of Mercy, urging the Church not only to keep its doors open, but to go out to those who may not have the strength to enter.

“An inhospitable Church, like a family which is locked in on itself, demeans the Gospel and withers up the world,” the Pope said Nov. 18 to attendees at his general audience in the Vatican. “No armored doors in the Church! Open all of them!”

Pope Francis delivered his address in St. Peter's Square in front of the basilica where the holy door — which he described as the “great door of God’s mercy” — will be opened Dec. 8 to mark the official start of the Jubilee of Mercy.

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Pope’s U.S. Representative Encourages Bishops to Nourish Catholic Identity in Schools (1414)

In what may have been his final address to the U.S. bishops, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò expressed his hope that the bishops and religious orders would draw strength from their history to face new critical challenges.

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BALTIMORE — Catholic schools can embrace their identity through familiarity with Christ, devotion to the Virgin Mary and a commitment to Christian life and teaching, the apostolic nuncio to the United States told the nation’s bishops.

“Educational leaders should regain firm command of the helm of their institutions through the storms of the present times,” said Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.

“The course must always be set by Christ and his Church, never allowing influence or wealth to dictate what might be an improper orientation for a Catholic school or a university.”

The nuncio spoke to the U.S. bishops’ fall meeting in Baltimore Nov. 16.

“While each college or university has its own...READ MORE

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Paris Archbishop: When the Pain Is Too Great, We Cling to God (1469)

Cardinal André Vingt-Trois told mourners gathered in the Cathedral of Notre Dame that they have only two options: to resort to the ‘tranquilizers’ of this world or ‘the God of life.’

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Memorial for Paris attacks at Bataclan Theater, Paris

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PARIS — In a Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral, the archbishop of Paris said that despite the uncertainty and grief surrounding the terrorist attacks in the city last week, God is the source of strength and hope.

“It’s an understatement to say that the savage killings of this black Friday have plunged entire families into deep distress,” Cardinal André Vingt-Trois reflected in his Nov. 15 homily. “And this anxiety is all the more profound when there aren’t any rational explanations that would justify the indiscriminate execution of dozens of people they didn’t even know.”

When the pain and confusion become too great to bear, the cardinal asked, “Who can we turn to in this trial?”

He proposed...READ MORE

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Return From the Abyss of Homosexual Pornography (5857)

Joseph Sciambra dedicates his apostolate to evangelizing same-sex-attracted men and women.

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Joseph Sciambra was born in 1969, in northern California, not far from San Francisco. He grew up in what seemed to be a stable and loving family, while attending Catholic parochial schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. However, the dark shadow of pornography would cloud his entire childhood and teenage years. Throughout the 1990s, Joseph lived around the homosexual culture of the infamous Castro District of San Francisco, offering him rare insight into the daily lives and struggles of many homosexual men. Later, he became a pornographic film actor and escort.

In 1999, following what he refers to as a near-death experience, Sciambra returned to Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church....READ MORE

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