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Refugees Fleeing Violence Deserve Care, U.S. Bishops Emphasize (2873)

Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle said, ‘As a leader in human-rights protection around the world,’ the United States often instructs ‘other nations to receive refugees or protect human rights. Yet when child refugees appear on our own border, we struggle to respond in a humane way.’

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Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle

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WASHINGTON — Catholic bishops are highlighting the need to care for refugees fleeing violent situations in their homelands as the ongoing influx of unaccompanied child migrants into the U.S. continues.

Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, head of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee, discussed the issue in an Aug. 1 column for The Washington Post.

“Let’s not kid ourselves. Subjecting these children to removal without the due process of a formal immigration hearing would no doubt mean that the vast majority would be returned to the gangs and drug cartels that threaten them in Central America,” he said.

“Sadly, Congress and the Obama administration are twisted in knots over a...READ MORE

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Prayers Urged as Black Mass Organizer Claims Consecrated Host (24540)

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City criticizes civic leaders for allowing the event ‘as if it were merely some sort of dark entertainment.’

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Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY — The purported use of a consecrated Host at a planned Satanic black mass at an Oklahoma City civic center would be a “terrible sacrilege” that requires a prayerful response, the local archbishop emphasized.

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, in an Aug. 4 message, deplored that the city-run Civic Center Music Hall was selling tickets for the event “as if it were merely some sort of dark entertainment.”

Rather, he said, the ritual is “deadly serious” and “a blasphemous and obscene inversion of the Catholic Mass.”

“Using a consecrated Host obtained illicitly from a Catholic church and desecrating it in the vilest ways imaginable, the practitioners offer it in sacrifice...READ MORE

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From Jerusalem to Gaza, With Love (3653)

Through Caritas’ office in Jerusalem, Christians, Jews and Muslims are donating humanitarian aid for residents of the war-ravaged territory.

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Robin Levy, Jared Nangle and Anwar Kashlar (left to right), peace activists visiting the Holy Land, donate items to the Caritas drive to help the people of Gaza.

JERUSALEM — During the past couple of weeks, Anwar Ben Badi has made about 50 “runs” from various points in Jerusalem to the headquarters of Caritas, one of several Christian humanitarian-aid organizations assisting residents of the war-ravaged Gaza Strip.

In the parking lot outside Caritas’ Jerusalem office, which is located at the Notre Dame Center next to the Old City of Jerusalem, Ben Badi, an Arab from Jerusalem, unloaded his car, which was full of vital supplies, ranging from shampoo and medical supplies to toys and colorful children’s mattresses.  

Some of the items were donated by Ben Badi and his family, while others were donated by his friends and colleagues — Christian, Jewish...READ MORE

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Islamists are Crucifying Christians Who Refuse to Convert to Islam, Dialogue Delusion and Much More! (5306)

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Patriarch Sako: Iraqi Christians ‘Risk a Real Genocide’ (3669)

The Chaldean Catholic patriarch issued his warning in an open letter, released following the seizure of Iraq’s largest Christian town by Islamic militants.

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Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Babylon

– Aid to the Church in Need U.K.

BAGHDAD — The seizure of Iraq’s largest Christian town has prompted a mass exodus of refugees, which a leading Catholic bishop described as a Way of the Cross that could become a genocide unless the global community intervenes.  

“They are facing a human catastrophe and risk a real genocide. They need water, food, shelter,” Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Babylon said in an Aug. 7 open letter.

“We appeal with sadness and pain to the conscience of all and all people of goodwill and the United Nations and the European Union to save these innocent persons from death,” he said. “We hope it is not too late!”

His letter follows the fall of the city of Qaraqoush to forces of...READ MORE

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Knights of Columbus Set Record for Global Charitable Giving (2488)

For the 2013 year, the Knights donated nearly $170 million and volunteered more than 70.5 million hours to charitable causes around the globe.

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Knights of Columbus continued to set records for charitable giving and volunteer hours, making this the 14th consecutive year they've increased their contributions.

For the 2013 year, the Knights donated nearly $170 million and volunteered more than 70.5 million hours, according to their "Annual Survey of Fraternal Activity" discussed at the 132nd Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention in Florida.

“Charity has been at the heart of the Knights' mission for the past 132 years,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson.

“Whether with funds or service, and whether quietly helping someone overcome a personal tragedy or assisting in the aftermath of a widely known humanitarian...READ MORE

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Seeking the Union of Sport and Faith in Philly (2912)

Major League Soccer veteran Brian Carroll aims to balance competition with Christian charity.

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Brian Carroll, captain of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union

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Soccer has been a part of Brian Carroll’s life as far back as he can remember. He and his two younger brothers, Jeff and Pat, battled against each other in almost every sport as they grew up in Springfield, Va., but they became particularly adept at soccer. This skillfulness resulted in all three of them playing the sport collegiately and professionally.

Brian Carroll finished his collegiate career early, exiting Wake Forest University after an All-American season in the fall of 2002 that nearly included a Hermann Trophy, college soccer’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy in football. He was selected 11th overall in the Major League Soccer draft by D.C. United in 2003, and the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Issues Urgent Appeal for Iraqi Christians (4623)

In an Aug. 7 Vatican statement, the Holy Father called for worldwide efforts to assist those affected by increasing violence.

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VATICAN CITY— As Iraq’s largest Christian city fell into the hands of the Islamic State (IS), Pope Francis issued an urgent appeal asking for peace and called for worldwide efforts to assist those affected by increasing violence.

“In light of the very distressing events, the Holy Father renews his spiritual closeness to the many who are experiencing this extremely painful trial,” an Aug. 7 statement from the Vatican read.

“He joins with the heartfelt appeals of the local bishops, asking, together with them and for their troubled communities, that a chorus of incessant prayer may rise from the whole Church to invoke the Holy Spirit for the gift of peace.”

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