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  • Churches provide refuge to Kenyans fleeing al-Shabab attacks

    Churches provide refuge to Kenyans fleeing al-Shabab attacks

    Extremist al-Shabab militants are allegedly terrifying thousand of Kenyans, the majority Christians, who have taken refuge in two churches and a school near the Somali border. Church leaders in the country speculate that the attackers are trying to influence the outcome of the upcoming elections by eliminating those who would oppose a strict form of Shariah, Islamic law.

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  • Pope to new cardinals: You’re not called to be ‘Princes of the Church’

    Pope to new cardinals: You’re not called to be ‘Princes of the Church’

    In a consistory ceremony on Tuesday widely seen as a surprise when Pope Francis announced it in May, the pontiff created five new cardinals, including four from countries that have never had one before. Francis told the new cardinals they were not being called to become “Princes of the Church,” but rather followers of Jesus with their eyes open to the realities of sin.

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  • Bangladesh cardinal defends rights of Rohingya refugees

    Bangladesh cardinal defends rights of Rohingya refugees

    Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are considered to be among the world’s most persecuted peoples, subject to what the UN calls “crimes against humanity,” and hundreds of thousands are now refugees in neighboring Bangladesh, where Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario is defending their right to “dignity.”

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  • 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds injunction on Trump’s travel ban

    Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas, said in a statement that the decision of the 9th Circuit Court to uphold an injunction against President Donald Trump’s travel ban “will allow us to continue welcoming and serving refugees fleeing persecution.” The bishop, who serves as the chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration, said the bishops “believe it is possible to simultaneously provide for the security of our country and have a humane refugee policy that upholds our national heritage and moral responsibility.”

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  • Memo to Pope and Trump: Here’s a breakthrough for you

    Memo to Pope and Trump: Here’s a breakthrough for you

    Although agreement between Pope Francis and President Donald Trump on May 24 may be elusive on many fronts, one concrete step that could result from the meeting, and that both men presumably would approve, is for some share of U.S. overseas aid earmarked for ISIS victims to be administered by churches to ensure that it actually reaches suffering Christians.

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  • US deports Indonesian Christian who fled persecution

    US deports Indonesian Christian who fled persecution

    A Christian man who’s been living in New Jersey for 16 years fleeing religious persecution was deported on Thursday, officials said, illustrating one of the inadvertent consequences of President Donald Trump’s executive order cracking down on admission of refugees. The man has no criminal record, and enjoyed the strong support of his local church.

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