Afghans and Afghan-Americans have found themselves caught up in a national catastrophe due to the U.S. withdrawal of military and civilian contractors that led to the Taliban’s takeover.
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Vatican News reported that the refugees, who fled the chaos of Kabul airport, included four brothers and sisters between the ages of 14 and 20.
Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana Aug. 29 catastrophically, marking the 16th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Flood water and wind has damaged countless homes and business. More than a million people were left without electricity and running water. As for the Church in the area: The Archdiocese of New Orleans is assessing damage to Churches and schools and other properties. No doubt the residents of the greater New Orleans area are bracing for a long recovery period. For a local perspective Peter Finney, editor of the Clarion Herald, the Catholic newspaper for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, joins Register Radio. Then we talk to Register correspondent Lauretta Brown about the danger Christians face in Afghanistan as well as her latest reports in pro-life news.
Catholic foreign-policy experts agree America has an obligation to help but differ on whether resettlement in the U.S. should be prioritized.
Former US Religious Freedom Ambassador Sam Brownback Warns of Potential Genocide for Religious Minorities in Afghanistan
In the immediate aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal, he said, the plight of Christians and other religious minorities is ‘now desperate and deadly.’
As the Taliban gained power throughout Afghanistan in the last several weeks concerns have been raised across the globe over the humanitarian crisis. Pope Francis is among the religious leaders, who have spoken up for the Afghani people, seeking to defend human rights and religious freedom under the country’s new Taliban rule. Register contributor Andrea Picciotti Bayer has written about the tragedy in Afghanistan at NCRegister.com and she, as well as Just War expert and former naval officer Msgr. Stuart Swetland, who has been a source for Register reports on the situation in Afghanistan, joins us today here on Register Radio.
Poland’s bishops unanimously backed a nationwide campaign for Afghans caught in the current upheaval at a meeting at Jasna Góra, southern Poland, on Aug. 25.
Private efforts to assist Christians out of Afghanistan have allegedly been blocked by the State Department.
Pope Francis said he is following the situation “with great concern” and he participates “in the suffering of those mourning for the people who lost their lives in the suicide attacks.”
“For all Catholics, I am requesting your urgent prayers to Our Lady of Sorrows on behalf of these workers. This is just one tragedy of many that will unfold as Christians along with Muslim Afghans who worked with Americans are targeted by the Taliban,” Archbishop Cordileone urged.