Among the more than 100 signers of the letter were the presidents of at least 31 Catholic universities, as well as bishops, men and women religious, former staff members at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the heads of various institutes and social action agencies. “As Cardinal Sean O’Malley put it in a homily at the U.S.-Mexico border last year: ‘we know that the border is lined with unmarked graves of thousands who die alone and nameless,’ the letter said.
House Passes DHS Bill, Preserves Immigration Action Funding
On March 3, 2015, the House of Representatives passed H R 240, funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through September 2015. The DHS appropriations bill had been the center of a battle to prevent the President from implementing portions of his executive order on immigration. The bill passed without any language that would restrict the implementation of the newly created Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. For weeks, the House majority tried to make DHS funding conditional to the repeal of the Executive Orders.
Sad news from Syria
Members of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in Syrian Christian villages were kidnapped, along with their wives and children. It is rumored that the children were isolated and put into cages. Adults who do not deny their faith will be decapitated, and their children burned alive in the cages.
Syrian SVdP leaders have made a fervent appeal for prayers for these Vincentians and all who are held hostage.
Our Christian faith moves us to pray and to hold our fellow Vincentians and their families in our hearts. It is also our obligation to make our voices heard to disapprove and condemn this barbaric behavior.
But, shouldn’t we also look at ourselves in the mirror, realize the barbaric suffering and death that our country causes to migrants crossing our Southern borders, and do something about it?
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