See migration as a sign of hope, Pope Francis suggests
Both the nations that receive immigrants and those that they are leaving should enjoy some benefits, the Pope said. The receiving nations find new sources of inexpensive labor, with the new arrivals “not infrequently filling gaps created by the demographic crisis.” The nations that they leave, conversely, may see a reduction in unemployment and their families will benefit when emigrants who find work abroad send their wages home.
USCCB welcomes Obama’s decision to defer immigrant deportations
“Each day, the Catholic Church in the United States, in her social service agencies, hospitals, schools, and parishes, witnesses the human consequences of the separation of families, when parents are deported from their children or spouses from each other,” said Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle.
Pope decries ‘price list’ for parish services
“Churches must never become businesses,” Pope Francis said in a homily at morning Mass on November 21. Commenting on the Gospel passage in which Jesus clears the Temple of money-changers, the Pope lamented: “How often, when we enter a church, do we see… a price list hanging there for baptisms, blessings, Mass intentions.”
As Obama unveils program, other efforts aim to help Central Americans
The children and families, most from Central America, drew international attention last summer as their numbers overwhelmed governmental and private agencies that process their legal cases, and provide housing, social services and foster care. The record-setting number of apprehensions has declined significantly because of efforts on both ends of the migrant pipeline. And steps are being taken to address problems in their home countries that cause people to leave.
Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing
“We have tens of thousands of refugees in this area [Northern Iraq] who have been driven from their homes at the point of a gun. Many of them are sleeping outdoors, in hallways, three, four families together in a Christian school. And winter is coming,” Supreme Knight Carl Andersontold CNA in a Nov. 20 interview.
Katniss and crew shoot straight and true in ‘Hunger Games’ sequel
Together with the absence from the film of most problematic content — a good deal of stylized combat aside — those upright ethics make this sequel a worry-free choice for the parents of targeted teens. The third installment of a four-part series based on best-selling novels by Suzanne Collins, the movie also offers satisfying — and occasionally stirring — action played out against the backdrop of the same disordered futuristic society in which its predecessors were set.