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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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