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Cardinal warns against new drums of war in Syria

BEIRUT (CNS): “As the great powers are beating the drums of a new war against Syria, we regret the absence of a language of peace from the mouths of senior officials in our world today,” Bechara Cardinal Rai of Lebanon, lamented in an address directed to the international community on April 12.
 
The patriarch of Maronite Catholics appealed to world leaders to stop the war in Syria and to work for comprehensive peace through diplomatic means.
 

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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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Court blocks Trump effort to end deferred action programme

WASHINGTON (CNS): The Supreme Court of the United States of America (US) dealt a blow to the Trump administration’s effort to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA programme in March when, on February 26, it declined to hear and rule on whether the administration has the right to shut down the initiative.
 
DACA protects young adults who were brought to the country without legal permission as minors.
 

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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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Mideast leaders fight Trump on Jerusalem

AMMAN (CNS): “The two-state solution is accepted by all the world, including the Vatican. It corresponds to the legitimate resolutions passed by the United Nations,” Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem, patriarchal vicar for Jordan, said as Church and political leaders in the Middle East intensified efforts to combat the unilateral decision by the president of the United States (US), Donald Trump, to recogonise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital along with plans to move the US embassy there.
 

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Church weighs in on Trump’s Jerusalem

HONG KONG (SE): Pope Francis was quick to weigh in on the debate over the announcement from the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, expressing his intention to move his embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, thus giving recognition to the controversial claim that the biblical city can be declared as the capital and territory of Israel.
 

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Nazareth cancels Christmas

Nazareth (SE): The mayor of Nazareth, Ali Salam, announced on December 14 that all Christmas celebrations in the hometown of Jesus Christ have been cancelled in response to the announcement by the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, that he intends to move his embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, effectively recognising it as the capital city of the land.
 

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Blaming the victims

HONG KONG (SE): The knee-jerk reaction of the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, to the attack in the streets of New York on October 31 to put in place what he termed extreme vetting on all migrants coming into the country appears to be a choice to demonise an unseen enemy rather than face the reality of what has happened.
 

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Trump abandoned Paris Accord but the United States didn’t

The governor of California in the United States of America (US), Jerry Brown, spoke strongly at a gathering sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on November 4, saying that the world needs a good brainwash on its attitude towards climate change.
 
Brown has been a constant critic of the decision of the president, Donald Trump, to call his country back from the 2015 Paris Accord on Climate Change, but he is a long way from being the only one.
 








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Swapping global leadership for a myth

A decision by the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, to withdraw his country from the Paris Accord on climate change weakens US global leadership.
Responses from the leaders of the G7 countries were negative. The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, was highly critical of Trump’s decision, calling it “extremely regrettable and that is putting it mildly.”