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The Catholic Near East Welfare Association, Jesuit Relief Service, Knights of Columbus, Catholic Relief Services and Aid to the Church in Need are among Catholic agencies that have launched appeals to fund assistance to Christians and other religious minorities displaced in the Middle East.
Catholic scholars are following Pope Francis’ lead in debating the use of force in the region. Should the U.S. go in alone or with a coalition of nations? Is the U.N. the “competent authority” in this matter? Does the Pottery Barn rule — “you break it, you bought it” — apply to Iraq today?
Dan Dougherty of St. Luke Parish in Glenside lives a full, active life as he works through the difficulties of epilepsy and other challenges that help him see God’s plan for his life.
Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs of the Middle East denounced attacks on Christians and lamented the indifference of Islamic authorities and the international community. The prelates called on the world’s major powers to deprive extremist groups of resources by compelling countries financing them to stop their support.
Economic and military intervention will be needed to protect the Christian and other minority communities of the Middle East, said the Franciscan custodian of sites in the Holy Land. But their survival will depend on the courage of the region’s inhabitants to love and protect one another.
Hunger and panic are spreading among people unable to work because of restrictions aimed at containing the spread of Ebola in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, say church workers there. More than 2,600 people in West Africa have been infected with Ebola since March. More than 1,400 people have died from the virus.
Tai Shanahan, a parishioner and student at St. Francis de Sales Parish and School in West Philadelphia, joined his teammates again yesterday at Citizens Bank Park, where they threw out the first pitch to Phillies players. “We have a lot to be thankful for,” he said.
BEIRUT (CNS) — Returning from a six-day visit to the Kurdish region of Iraq, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan called the Islamic State invasion “religious cleansing.”
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Catholic aid organizations are hopeful that the most recent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas will hold as they assess the needs in Gaza after 50 days of war. The agreement calls for the easing of the Israeli-enforced embargo to allow humanitarian aid and construction material into Gaza.
The Catholic Universe Bulletin began in 1874 as a weekly newspaper, converting to biweekly in 1982. Circulation has dwindled to about 35,000. Bishop Richard G. Lennon of Cleveland said he would begin exploring an alternative means of reaching Catholics in northeast Ohio.