- May 28, 2020
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Sept. 19 to advance a bill that seeks to ensure U.S. aid reaches Christian genocide victims in Iraq out of the committee, moving it closer to a floor vote. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) praised Tuesday’s vote, saying the bill provides much-needed support to the Chaldean Archeparchy of Erbil, which has hosted Christian victims of Islamic State for several years.
The National Bureau of Economic Research is an influential domestic policy think tank based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Its working paper estimated that the expansion of Catholic hospitals reduces by 30 percent the annual rates per-bed of inpatient abortions. The rates of tubal ligations or sterilizations drop 31 percent. Edward Furton, an ethicist with the National Catholic Bioethics Center, said, “The authors assume that denying access to these ‘services’ represents a moral failing of some sort, but not many people would agree.”
A two-day gathering of Christian minority leaders, academics and U.S. officials will focus on helping the Middle East Christians and other targeted groups by first promoting security and stability in Lebanon, where millions of Christian and non-Christian refugees have fled wars in their home countries of Syria and Iraq.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, said the words of Padre Pio – trust, pray, do not worry, do not be afraid – are almost a summary of the constant calm assurances of Jesus that we hear in the Gospel. The saints relics were in New York last weekend, before being taken to Milwaukee, Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta, and other locations over the next two months.
Although the new Mother Teresa Academy’s $5,000 tuition represents the cost per pupil at the school, students who qualify for reduced-price lunch will only pay $500 and those who qualify for free lunch will only pay $250, and 99 percent of current students qualify for one or the other. Administrators say the school isn’t free for students because paying some tuition provides parents with a sense of ownership.
President Trump received mixed reactions from Catholic leaders for his first address to the General Assembly of the United Nations on Tuesday. The president advocated for a limited refugee resettlement program, hinted at potential military action in Venezuela, and pledged to “totally destroy North Korea.”