Refugee resettlement ‘effectively halted’: Catholics implore Biden to accept more refugees

Catholic organisations expressed dismay that the United States this year could admit the lowest number of refugees in decades. According to the International Rescue Committee, a non-profit that assists refugees, only 2,050 refugees have been admitted to the United States in the current fiscal year. Although President Biden promised to raise the limit on the…

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Parental alienation is ‘form of domestic abuse’

The auxiliary bishop of Armagh has warned parents not to alienate their children from the other parent when relationships end, saying it’s “a particular form of domestic abuse”. In a homily over the weekend, Bishop Michael Router pointed to International Parental Alienation Awareness day, which takes place on Sunday, April 25. “This day highlights a…

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Christian leaders in Nigeria allege Islamisation attempt

Christian leaders in Nigeria claimed April 11 that Muhammadu Buhari’s government is keen on Islamising the West African nation, following the recent appointments of Court of Appeal judges. In their statement, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria called for “serious adjustments” on already executed appointments, and a “paradigm shift” in future appointments. “Under…

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Life in back row America

Dignity: Seeking respect in back row America by Chris Arnade (Sentinel/Penguin Random House, £20.00) Frank Litton For years, I taught a course introducing Irish politics to US students who came to work as interns in the Dáil and Seanad. Many were surprised to discover how much the people they met knew about US politics. Some told…

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German legislators consider ending state payments to churches

Germany’s lower house of Parliament is considering replacing state payments to the nation’s two largest churches. The Catholic and Protestant churches received combined state benefits of more than $542 million in 2020. At a hearing in the interior affairs committee of the Bundestag, or lower house of parliament, they welcomed in principle the intention of…

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Vatican Roundup

Major Vatican conference on priesthood slated for 2022 Increasing vocations to the priesthood, improving the way laypeople and priests work together and ensuring that service, not power, motivates the request for ordination are all possible outcomes of a major symposium being planned by the Vatican in February 2022. “A theological symposium does not claim to…

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Family News & Events

Stolen Roman statue found in antique shop A Roman statue, which is dated back to the first century BC, has been recovered almost a decade after it was stolen from an archaeological site in Italy. The BBC reports that two Italian officers came across the sculpture of a headless figure wearing a toga at an…

Fears of young Catholics about watering down doctrine

Dear Editor, I was delighted to see the extensive coverage given by The Irish Catholic last week to the concerns of orthodox young Catholics who are worried that the up-coming national synod will be the occasion for watering down doctrine. I too share their worries, especially looking at what is happening in Germany and their…