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September, 2019
Volume 45, Number 3
27 September 2019
Greg Kandra

In this image from April, migrants and refugees walk away from a camp near the town of Diavata, Greece. Pope Francis will mark the World Day of Migrants and Refugees this Sunday.
(photo: CNS/Alexandros Avramidis, Reuters)

Pope Francis to mark World Day for Migrants and Refugees (Vatican News) Pope Francis recalled that next Sunday, 29 September, marks the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. He announced that he will preside over Mass at 10.30am in St Peter’s Square on that day, to mark the occasion…

U.S. accuses Syria of chemical attack (Al Jazeera) The United States has concluded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces used chemical weapons in an attack in May, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said, vowing a response…

Ethiopian Orthodox ask government to respond to violence, church burnings (AFP) Orthodox Christian leaders in Ethiopia are demanding that the government respond to what they describe as an surge in violence that has seen dozens of churches burned to the ground. As they prepared to celebrate one of the year’s most significant holidays — Meskel, or “the finding of the cross” — church officials on Friday urged Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to protect them and hold perpetrators of religious violence to account. ..

Church in India expresses concern about ‘Love Jihad’ ( Catholic leaders have supported a call to investigate two cases of “Love Jihad,” an alleged practice of Muslim men courting women with the aim of converting and marrying them. George Kurian, vice-chairman of the National Commission of Minorities, has asked the federal Home Ministry to press its National Investigation Agency to probe two cases reported by Christians in Kerala state…

Reports: number of Jews in Israel and worldwide on the rise (The Jerusalem Post) The population of the State of Israel has increased 2.1 percent since last year, according to a report released in time for Rosh Hashanah by the Central Bureau of Statistics. Today, there are 9.1 million citizens of Israel, of which some 6.7 million (74 percent) are Jewish, the report shows...

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