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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC February 10, 2017 7 ALTARED COMETH! Does your organization or business want to reach teens and young adults? Advertise with us! 1-866-452-5112 upc@new.rr.com USCCB issues statement in response to executive order on refugees WASHINGTON-On Jan. 27, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order that, among other things: suspends issuance of visas and other immigration benefits to nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days; indefinitely suspends resettlement of refugees from Syria, which is also predominantly Muslim, sub- ject to a possible exception for those who are "religious minorities" in their home countries and facing religious persecu- tion; and suspends virtually the entire U.S. refugee reset- tlement program for 120 days, also subject to a pos- sible exception for such "religious minorities." Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski, Bishop of Springfield and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore and chairman of the USCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, and Most Reverend Oscar Cant, Bishop of Las Cruces and chairman of the USCCB Commit- tee on International Justice and Peace, joint- ly issued the following statement in response to this action: We recognize that Friday evening's exec- utive order has generated fear and untold anxiety among refugees, immigrants, and others throughout the faith community in the United States. In response to the Order, we join with other faith leaders to stand in solidarity again with those affected by this order, especially our Muslim sisters and brothers. We also express our firm resolution that the Order's stat- ed preference for "religious minorities" should be applied to protect not only Christians where they are a minority, but all religious mi- norities who suffer persecution, which includes Yazidis, Shia Muslims in majority Sunni ar- eas, and vice versa. While we also recog- nize that the United States government has a duty to protect the security of its people, we must nevertheless employ means that respect both religious liberty for all, and the urgency of protect- ing the lives of those who desperately flee violence and persecution. It is our conviction as followers of the Lord Jesus that welcom- ing the stranger and protecting the vulner- able lie at the core of the Christian life. And so, to our Muslim brothers and sisters and all people of faith, we stand with you and welcome you. Ewen and Trout Creek parishes adopt poor parish in Venezuela 50 & 25 YEARS AGO BY LARRY CHABOT FROM OUR SUNDAY VISITOR FEBRUARY, 1967 The Ewen and Trout Creek parishes combined to "adopt" a poor parish in Venezuela. In a first for Detroit interfaith relations, a Catholic priest - Father David Bowman - spoke at a protestant service. Diocesan Knights of Columbus helped buy a pickup truck for Maryk- noll priest Father Peter Chabot for his Bolivia mission. FROM THE U.P. CATHOLIC FEBRUARY, 1992 A Marquette concert featuring Da Yoopers raised over $11,000 for heating help for the needy. Father John McArdle's column recapped centennial history of Sa- cred Heart Parish in Ewen. Rosalyn Groves of Gladstone was named special education coordi- nator for the diocese.

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