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Few asylum claims accepted as migrant caravan reaches border

MEXICO CITY (CNS): The first participants in the annual Stations of the Cross Caravan of migrants, which travelled across Mexico and arrived in Tijuana on the border with the United States of America (US) in late April, have been allowed to make asylum claims, but Scalabrinian Father Pat Murphy said, “very, very few” have their applications accepted.
 
Some 20 members of the caravan were forced to wait overnight by US Customs and Border Protection, which said it lacked to capacity to process them.
 

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House speaker in hot water for dismissal of chaplain

WASHINGTON (CNS): The apparent forced resignation of Jesuit Father Patrick Conroy, the chaplain who tends to the spiritual needs of the House of Representatives of the United States of America has drawn fire against Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House and a fellow Catholic.
 
In April, news trickled out that Father Conroy, a beloved figure on Capitol Hill, was set to retire in May, but various news outlets began reporting on April 26 that he was ousted and forced to resign by Ryan.
 

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Judge rules Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals should continue

WASHINGTON (CNS): Catholic groups in the United States of America (US) hailed an April 24 ruling by Judge John Bates, of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia, saying that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme that benefits young adults who came into the country without legal permission as minors, can still accept new and renewed applications and must maintain protections that prevent those who are enrolled in it from being deported.
 

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Filipino Muslim rights advocate denied entry to United States

CAGAYAN de ORO (UCAN):  Jerome Aladdin Succor Aba, a Filipino Muslim advocate, was denied entry into the United States of America (US) on April 17 and was believed to be in the holding facility at San Francisco International Airport, the Mindanao-based Sandugo-Movement of Moro and Indigenous Peoples for Self-Determination reported.
 
It is believed that Aba, chairperson of the group Suara Bangsamoro, was detained by American immigration officials over “visa problems.”
 

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US immigration reform deeply troubling

Washington (SE): The bishops of the United States of America (US) have called the immigration reform proposal forward by the government president, Donald Trump, “deeply troubling,” Vatican News reported.
 

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Dangerous liaisons

WASHINGTON (SE): Advocates for persecuted Christians and minorities in the Middle East received unexpected tidings straight from the mouth of the vice president of the United States of America (US), Mike Pence, on October 25.
 
Pence informed a Christian solidarity group that from now on all US aid going to the Middle East would be channelled through non-government agencies for the support of persecuted Christians.
 

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Trump’s Mexican wall immoral

MEXICO CITY (SE): An editorial published in Desde la Fe, the online newspaper of the Mexico City archdiocese, argues that assisting the United States of America (US) to build a border wall or fence, as proposed by the president, Donald Trump, would be immoral.

Desde la Fe calls the wall “a serious affront to dignity.” It then adds that it would be an immoral act for any Mexican to assist with or be part of building the wall.

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First American-born martyr to be beatified

OKLAHOMA CITY (SE): “The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger,” the first United States of America (US)-born person to be beatified, Father Stanley Rother, wrote from his mission in Guatemala to his diocese in Oklahoma just weeks before his death.

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A borderline Mass highlights injustice

TUSCON (SE): “The economic migrant is not a criminal. The economic migrant is someone looking for a decent way of life for themselves, for their families,” Bishop Gerald Frederick Kicanas, from Tucson in Arizona, the United States of America (US), said at a Mass celebrated on October 23 on the US side of the fence dividing its territory from Mexico.

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Two sisters murdered in Mississippi

DURANT (SE): The bodies of Sister Margaret Held, a School Sister of St. Francis, and Sister Paula Merrill, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth, were found stabbed to death on August 25 in their residence in Durant, Mississippi, the United States of America.

The Associated Press reported that both worked as nursing practitioners and between them provided a quarter of the medical care in their rural county.

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