CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 23 September 2017

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Rethink rescinding Deferred Action programme pope says
Rome (CNS): Politicians who call themselves pro-life must be pro-family and not enact policies that divide families and rob young people of a future, Pope Francis said when asked about the decision of United States of America (US) president, Donald Trump, to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme.
 
DACA has allowed some 800,000 young people, brought to the United States illegally as children, to remain in the country and work or pursue their studies.
Trump said on September 5 that he was phasing out the programme. 
On his flight back to Rome from Colombia on September 10, the pope said, “Uprooting young people from their families is not something that will bear fruit.”
 
Noting that Trump has presented himself as pro-life, Pope Francis said. “If he (Trump) is a good pro-lifer, he understands that the family is the cradle of life and its unity must be defended,” the pope said.
 
“I am hopeful that it will be re-thought,” the pope said
 
New papal nuncio to Israel
VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis named Archbishop Leopoldo Girelli, from Italy, the new Vatican nuncio to Israel and apostolic delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine.
 
The 64-year-old Vatican diplomat succeeds Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, who retired in August at the age of 75. He had served in the Holy Land for five years.
 
Archbishop Girelli moves to the Middle East from Singapore, where he was apostolic nuncio and simultaneously held the post of nonresident papal representative to Vietnam.
 
Born in Predore, Italy, on 13 March 1953, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1978 for the Diocese of Bergamo and entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1987, working at nunciatures in Cameroon and New Zealand before taking up a post in the Vatican Secretariat of State. He then moved to Washington to work at the apostolic nunciature to the United States.
 
In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI named him an archbishop and nuncio to Indonesia and East Timor. In 2011, he was transferred to Singapore.
 
Bomb scare at Sagrada Familia basilica
MADRID (SE): A bomb scare in Barcelona in Catalan, Spain, led to the famed Sagrada Familia basilica being cordoned off on September 12 while a bomb squad checked a parked van, Reuters reported.
 
Police eventually declared a false alarm and said on Twitter that there had been no arrests as a result of the incident and that the area had returned to normal.
 
On August 17, a van ploughed through pedestrians on Barcelona’s famed Las Ramblas street killing 13 people and injuring more than 130 others in what was meant to be part of a failed, larger scale terrorist attack. 
 
Belgian brothers group to keep offering euthanasia 
OXFORD (SE): Belgium’s Brothers of Charity Group, which runs 15 centres for psychiatric patients, has rejected an order from the Vatican order to stop offering euthanasia. The group’s board is largely composed of lay people with few brothers actually serving on it.
 
In a September 12 statement, the group said it had not been given a chance to explain its “vision statement and argumentation.” It added that it “emphatically believed” its euthanasia programme was consistent with Church  doctrine. 
 
The Catholic Herald reported on September 12 that Brother Rene Stockman, the group’s superior general, condemned the decision and warned that unless it stops offering euthanasia “we will take juridical steps in order to force them to amend the text (of the policy) and, if that is not possible, then we have to start the procedure to exclude the hospitals from the Brothers of Charity family and take away their Catholic identity.”
 
Cardinal denounces cowardly train attack
LONDON (CNS): Cardinal Vincent Nichols, from Westminster, called the attempted bombing of a rush hour London Underground train on September 15 as “cowardly” and said he was praying for the 22 people being treated for burns and other injuries.
 
The device failed to explode as intended but still injured passengers. No one was killed.
 
In his statement, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said, “I am dismayed at yet another cowardly attack on innocent people, including young children, as they were commuting to work and school this morning.” 
 
Cardinal Nichols said, “I pray for all who were injured in the blast and in the ensuing stampede, and for all who were affected by the incident. May God grant them and all Londoners peace and strengthen our resolve to stand against such evil acts.”

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