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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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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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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National Vocations Awareness Week set for Nov. 5-11


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The Catholic Church in the United States will celebrate National Vocations Awareness Week, Nov. 5-11, 2017. This annual event is a special time for parishes in the US to actively foster and pray for a culture of vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life. Read more

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US bishops launch 2017 Fortnight for Freedom

Video may be found HERE. (Photo by Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr)
VIDEO on religious freedom may be found HERE.

The US bishops have launched a Website and video to mark the beginning of this year’s Fortnight for Freedom, focusing on religious freedom issues both at home and abroad. The Fortnight for Freedom takes place June 21-July 4.

 

The video, about 10 minutes long and viewable on the Fortnight for Freedom Website, features a number of legal, religious, and other personalities discussing the importance of religious liberty. Read more

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US bishops celebrate Mass for healing of survivors of clergy sex abuse

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Mass will mark opening of June Plenary Assembly

As they begin the Spring General Assembly June 14-15, Bishops from across the US will gather at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis for a Mass of Prayer and Penance for survivors of sexual abuse within the Church. The Mass is being held in response to a call from Pope Francis for all episcopal conferences across the world to have a Day of Prayer and Penance for victims of sexual abuse within the Church: The liturgy will be held June 14, 2017 at 5 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis. Read more

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