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Plan to deploy troops along Mexico border knocked by bishops

MEXICO CITY (CNS): The Mexican Bishops’ Conference has criticised a plan floated on April 4 by the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, to deploy National Guard troops along the border with Mexico and issued a strong defence of migrants, saying the Catholic Church could not stand by “in the face of suffering by our brother migrants as they seek better conditions by crossing the border to work and contribute to the common good.”
 

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Supreme Court allows partial implementation of travel ban

WASHINGTON (SE): The Supreme Court of the United States of America (US) delivered a mixed ruling on June 26 that will allow a partial implementation of the controversial travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries of the president, Donald Trump, according to the National Catholic Reporter.
 

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Judge halts deportation of Iraqi Christians

HONG KONG (SE): United States of America (US) district judge, Mark Goldsmith, issued a 14-day stay on plans by immigration authorities to deport nearly 200 Iraqis— most of them Chaldean Christians—who were seized in raids in the area of Detroit, Michigan. He will weigh the merits of a lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the deportation proceedings, the Catholic Herald reported on June 23.
 

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Emerging patterns from Duterte’s erratic rhetoric

HONG KONG (SE): Despite the highly confusing and seemingly contradictory statements on foreign policy articulated by the president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, some patterns are beginning to emerge.

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Pay day for the slave trade

GEORGETOWN (SE): While the Jesuits have been known to be involved in an extremely wide variety of endeavours, in 1838 in the United States of America (US) they had their fingers stuck in one that today they cannot hold their heads up about—the slave trade.

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Pharmaceutical firm bans drug sales for lethal injections

WASHINGTON (CNS): “Pfizer makes its products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we serve. Consistent with these values, Pfizer strongly objects to the use of its products as lethal injections for capital punishment,” said a March 28 statement by the big pharmaceutical company, made public on May 13.

Karen Clifton, executive director of the Catholic Mobilising Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty, hailed the action.

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Contraceptive requirement case sent back to lower courts

WASHINGTON (CNS): In a victory for the Little Sisters of the Poor and other plaintiffs, the Supreme Court of the United States of America (US), sent the Zubik v. Burwell case, which challenges the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement for employers, back to the lower courts on May 16.

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For God and country

WASHINGTON (SE): Borrowing the words of the patron saint of the legal profession, St. Thomas More, Father Paul Scalia said of his father, Antonin Scalia, a former associate justice of the Supreme Court in the United States of America, “I die the king’s good servant, but God’s first.”

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Pope gets up Trump’s nose

WASHINGTON (SE): An age of derivative journalism has ensured that even the craziest kites flown by the Republican presidential candidate in the United States of America, Donald Trump, receive wide exposure in the skies of the whole world.

The latest tells how Pope Francis has got right up the nose of the flamboyant demagogue.

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Confessional seal may be unconstitutional

DOVER (CWNews.com): A superior court judge in Delaware, the United States of America, has questioned the constitutionality of a state law that protects the secrecy of sacramental confession.

State law mandates the reporting of suspected child abuse except in cases covered by the attorney-client privilege and conversations “between priest and penitent in sacramental confession.”

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