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    As deadline for refugee ceiling looms, U.S. church backs greater welcome

    President Donald Trump has until October 1st to set a deadline as to how many refugees the United States will allow this coming fiscal year. The president is reportedly looking to cap the number at 50,000 - a historic low. Meanwhile, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is advocating for at least 75,000 refugees to be admitted.

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    Cardinal of Dhaka visits Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh

    Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, the Archbishop of Dhaka – Bangladesh’s capital – visited several Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh on September 24-25. The cardinal said, “I wanted to be with them, to be together with them, to share in my own way, their pain; and importantly, to prepare a way for Caritas to go to serve them.”

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    Retired Texas bishop signs "filial correction" of Pope Francis

    A nonagenarian retired Texas bishop has added his name to a "filial correction" of Pope Francis submitted to the pontiff last month. The signatories have accused the pope of promoting heretical propositions in 'Amoris Laetitia,' his document on marriage. Bishop René Henry Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi, says if Francis doesn't respond to the petition, he would like to see the pope resign.

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  • Amid avalanche, real questions about the papacy risk being obscured

    Amid avalanche, real questions about the papacy risk being obscured

    • September 25, 2017

    In the last few days, Pope Francis has faced three remarkable accusations — one of suffering from narcissistic personality disorder, another of heresy, and a third of dropping the ball on financial reform of the Vatican. In trying to sort through it all, one towering problem is that in an environment defined by hysteria, separating legitimate criticism from the same-old, same-old is increasingly difficult.

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  • Meet the man who helped build the pope’s brand on Twitter

    Meet the man who helped build the pope’s brand on Twitter

    • September 21, 2017

    Spanish Catholic layman Gustavo Entrala, who created a successful digital marketing company and who’s advised both Popes Benedict XVI and Francis about their use of Twitter, says that Francis has the most “consistent” and attractive brand among major world leaders today, in part because he’s seen to embody his own message.

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  • Catholic group continues Blessed Stanley Rother’s work in Guatemala
    Catholic group continues Blessed Stanley Rother’s work in Guatemala
    • September 26, 2017

    Blessed Stanley Rother was also known for not wanting to abandon his people, even though he knew his life was at risk. After Rother died, his friend Father John Goggin said he still did not want the people to feel abandoned. That’s why he was grateful when the opportunity came to work with Unbound, a non-profit founded by lay Catholics who had also spent time serving as missionaries in Latin America.

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  • Expert sees focus under Francis on Latin American martyrs like Romero
    Expert sees focus under Francis on Latin American martyrs like Romero
    • September 23, 2017

    Martyrdom in which a Christian is killed by a non-Christian is usually clear. The Christian is killed by someone because of their faith or because they refuse to renounce their faith. Large numbers of lay catechists, women religious, deacons, and priests were killed in various Latin American countries over the past few decades. In these cases, the people murdering them claimed to be Catholic. Can they still be martyrs?

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