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Elimination of U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program “Against the Principles We Have as a Nation” Says Chair of USCCB Committee on Migration

WASHINGTON— Thursday it was reported that the Administration is considering “zeroing out” the refugee resettlement program. This would effectively put an end, at least temporarily, to the United States resettling those fleeing persecution from countries overseas.

Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin, Texas, Chair of the of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration, issued the following statement:

“This recent report, if true, is disturbing and against the principles we have as a nation and a people, and has the potential to end the refugee resettlement program entirely. The world is in the midst of the greatest humanitarian displacement crisis in almost a century. I strongly oppose any further reductions of the refugee resettlement program. Offering refuge to those fleeing religious and other persecution has been a cornerstone of what has made this country great and a place of welcome. Eliminating the refugee resettlement program leaves refugees in harm’s way and keeps their families separated across continents.

Every refugee resettled in the United States goes through an extensive vetting process that often takes 18 months to two years to complete. It incorporates live interviews and several extensive checks by multiple departments within the government. Many of these refugees have familial ties here and quickly begin working to rebuild their lives and enrich their communities.

As Pope Francis has said we must work for “globalization of solidarity” with refugees, not a globalization of indifference. Rather than ending the program, we should work instead to restore the program to its historic norms of an annual resettlement goal of 95,000.”

Keywords: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, Refugee Resettlement, Justice for Immigrants, Enforcement, immigration

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Diocese to present first-ever Respect Life Conference; people of all ages welcome

Attacks on the dignity of the human person at every level make it necessary to engage the culture now and people will get the information they need to do that at the first-ever Respect Life Conference hosted by the Respect Life Ministry of the Diocese of Peoria on Sept. 13-14. All sessions will be held […]

Parish respect life representatives gather as ‘people of hope’ to pray, plan next steps

The church teaches that those who have hope live differently and Cecilia Soñé, director of Respect Life Ministry for the Diocese of Peoria, thanked parish respect life representatives for being that sign to the world. “You all live differently. You were called to this from the beginning of time,” Soñé told the 25 men and […]

Western Catholic high school does not advance, but door not closed completely

While there is a desire for a Catholic high school in the western part of the Diocese of Peoria, a feasibility study found that enrollment and funding were major areas of concern, and Bishop Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, has accepted a recommendation not to proceed at this time. The door was not closed completely, however. […]

Young adults will hear from Father Richards at Fourth Watch: Geneseo Aug. 16

GENESEO – “Knowing God’s Love” will be the theme for a talk by Father Larry Richards at Fourth Watch: Geneseo, a young adult gathering planned for Friday, Aug. 16. It will be held at St. Malachy Church, 595 E. Ogden Ave. His talk at 7 p.m. will be followed by a social from 8 to […]

‘No hands or eyes but yours’

During World War II, a French village lost a beloved statue of Christ in a bombing raid. The villagers managed to rebuild the statue, except for its hands. Those pieces were never found in the rubble. Finally, the villagers placed a plaque on the statue with the inscription, “I have no hands but yours.” The […]

Youth invited to Joshua Camp for pro-life leaders in Galesburg on Saturday, Aug. 10

GALESBURG — Eighth-graders and high school students are invited to learn how to “bring down the walls” of the culture of death and stand tall as pro-life leaders by attending the Seventh Annual Joshua Camp. It will be held Saturday, Aug. 10, at Costa Catholic Academy, 2726 Costa Drive. The day, which begins at 9 […]

Biking for Babies team spreads pro-life mission and joy in ride through diocese

After 13 flat tires, two spills, a series of 4:15 a.m. wake-up calls, and four days of riding 100 miles — including one day in weather that felt like more than 100 degrees — why were members of a Biking for Babies team that passed through the Diocese of Peoria last week smiling? “It’s been […]

Coal Valley church reopens 8 months after vehicle crashed through a wall

By Brian Wellner / For The Catholic Post COAL VALLEY — There are silver linings to the extensive damage done at St. Maria Goretti Church after a truck crashed into its southwestern wall last October. One of them is that it gave parishioners an excuse to get rid of the old orange carpet. “I was […]

Martha and Mary: What part does quiet and reflection play in our service?

By Sister Rachel Bergschneider, OSB Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/July 21 Genesis 18:1-10a; Psalm 15:2-3,3-4,5; Colossians 1:24-28; Luke 10:38-42 So what is your better part? For Mary in today’s Gospel it is visiting with Jesus. Martha is not much pleased with that. She feels slighted because she has to fulfill the tasks at hand. So often […]