Fresno bishop calls for prayer for Coptic Christians

After Palm Sunday killings in Egypt, Bishop Armando Ochoa asks faithful to "pray for the conversion of hearts and minds of religious extremists who exploit the Islamic faith for devious and evil purpose"

The Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno, asks the faithful to join him in prayer for our Christian brothers and sisters who belong to the Coptic Church in Egypt. The devastating impact of religious persecution, hate and violence has once again killed, wounded and invoked fear and anxiety within a faith-filled community, as they gathered to worship … [Read more...]

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Follow the money trail

Over the past nine years, the USCCB has received $534,788,660 in taxpayer money for refugee resettlement programs, leading some to question bishops' motives in opposing President Trump's beleaguered refugee policy

Is a conflict of interest behind some of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ strong criticisms of President Trump’s immigration policy, in particular his two temporary travel bans? That’s the question being raised by a number of experts in foreign policy and Catholic charitable work, including a former adviser to President Bush and a leading figure in conservative Catholic media. These … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Mahony spends his 81st birthday visiting with Syrian refugees

"Without immigrants, those with legal status and those without, the State of California would shut down"

Roger Mahony, the retired archbishop of the Catholic archdiocese of Los Angeles, spent his 81st birthday on Monday in Amman, Jordan, following three days in Lebanon visiting with Syrian refugees, Filipino guest workers and other migrants. He's in a delegation from the Vatican and posting about the working trip at his blog, Cardinal Roger Mahony Blogs L.A.. After Lebanon and … [Read more...]

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Where are the Christians?

Federal appeals judge wants to know why 10 percent of the Syrian population is Christian and “yet less than one-half of 1 percent of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States this year are Christian”

The following comes from an October 27 Daily Signal article by Hans von Spakovsky: In an otherwise unremarkable opinion over the federal Freedom of Information Act, a federal appellate court judge has issued a sharp rejoinder to the Obama administration over an issue that has been discussed in the news—the almost complete lack of Syrian Christian refugees being brought over to … [Read more...]

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LA parish offers succor to Syrian refugees

Father David Bedrosian, pastor at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Armenian Catholic Church, had to flee Syria himself 17 years ago

The following comes from a September 27 Catholic News Agency article by Casey McCorry: The needs of Father David Bedrossian’s parish are unique. While many priests grapple with budgetary concerns and a desire to fill pews, Father Bedrossian is wondering where he’s going to find the resources to house the next Syrian refugee who shows up on the church steps. Father … [Read more...]

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ISIS names Pope Francis its ultimate enemy

In its monthly publication Dabiq, ISIS described Pope Francis as a "non-believer" and accused him of defending homosexuals

The following comes from a September 4 Christian Daily article by Lorraine Caballero : The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has named Pope Francis as its number one enemy and has criticized the Catholic Church leader for pursuing "dialogue with moderate Islam." In its monthly publication Dabiq, ISIS described Pope Francis as a "non-believer" and accused him of … [Read more...]

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Discipleship has a price

Archbishop Gomez on true freedom

The following comes from a July 6 Catholic News Agency article: As church leaders rallied U.S. Catholics to defend their faith against an increasingly antagonistic society and government, the relics of Blessed Oscar Romero and St. Junipero Serra made an appearance at the Los Angeles cathedral. “We are living in challenging times. Our society and our culture are becoming … [Read more...]

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