US commits to increased aid for persecuted Iraqis

CHILD REFUGEES IN IRAQ— The federal government has pledged $55 million in aid for religious and ethnic groups that have faced ISIS persecution in Iraq’s Ninewa Province. (Photo by Daniel Ibanez/CNA)
CHILD REFUGEES IN IRAQ— The federal government has pledged $55 million in aid for religious and ethnic groups that have faced ISIS persecution in Iraq’s Ninewa Province. (Photo by Daniel Ibanez/CNA)

The federal government has pledged $55 million in aid for religious and ethnic groups that have faced ISIS persecution in Iraq’s Ninewa Province, drawing praise from the Knights of Columbus, a supporter of humanitarian efforts in the region.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced last week that the government will provide $75 million to the UN Development Programme (UNDP) for aid to Iraq, including the $55 million earmarked for communities of Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities. Future contributions from USAID will depend on the success of new accountability and transparency measures at the UN, according to the announcement. Read more

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Celebrate those consecrated to the Lord and his people

The World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2018 and in parishes on the weekend of Feb. 3-4, 2018.

In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in the consecrated religious  life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.

Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God’s gift of their vocation.
 

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Cardinal Bernard Law Fourth bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

POPE JOHN PAUL I—Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I, greeted then-Bp. Bernard Law at the Vatican in 1978. One of the shortest papacies in history, Pope John Paul I reigned only 33 days in the summer of 1978: Aug. 26-Sept. 28. (The Mirror)
POPE JOHN PAUL I—Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I, greeted then-Bishop Bernard Law at the Vatican in 1978. One of the shortest papacies in history, Pope John Paul I reigned only 33 days in the summer of 1978: Aug. 26-Sept. 28. Read more HERE. (The Mirror)

Cardinal Bernard Law died Dec. 19, 2017, after a brief hospitalization due to a congenital heart condition. He was 86 years old.

Cardinal Law was appointed Archbishop of Boston in 1984, and resigned from the position on Dec. 13, 2002, after reports revealed that he did not disclose multiple allegations of clerical sexual abuse to the police or to the public, nor did he intervene to remove priests accused of sexual abuse from priestly ministry. Read more

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Join nationwide digital pilgrimage ‘9 Days for Life’

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the US Bishops’ committee on Pro-Life Activities, is inviting Catholics and others to join the nationwide “9 Days for Life” campaign. Read more

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