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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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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USCCB president calls for courage and commitment to end hate

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CRIME & PUNISHMENT—Bronze relief of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, Washington. (Photo by By Karen Neoh - Martin Luther King Jr's Death Mask)
REV. DR. KING—Bronze relief of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the National Museum of Crime & Punishment, Washington. (Photo by Karen Neoh)

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has issued the following statement in relation to the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day on Mon., Jan. 15, 2018. Read more

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March for Life events across the US

YOUTH MARCH FOR LIFE—Students from Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, participated in the 2017 March for Life in Washington, DC. This year will be no different. (The Mirror)
YOUTH MARCH FOR LIFE—Students from Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau, participated in the 2017 March for Life in Washington, DC. This year will be no different. (The Mirror)

Forty-five years after the Supreme Court ruling that mandated legal abortion nationwide, hundreds of thousands are expected to attend rallies supporting the dignity of life, from conception to natural death.

The National March for Life, held each year in Washington, DC, typically draws large crowds from across the country. This year, the march will be held on Jan. 19 and will feature the theme, “Love saves lives.” Read more

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