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18 November 13, 2015 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org Marquette Neil Newcomb 906-225-0191 1400 Wright Street Escanaba Dale Stannard 906-786-4685 Hwy. M-35 February 1, 2016 Upper Peninsula Travelers Presents SAVANNAH & CHARLESTON March 4 - 14, 2016 - $977 Double Occupancy Price Includes: Transportation, Lodging, 18 Meals, Navy Pier, Kentucky Artisan Center, Two Guided tours of Savannah, Including a visit to a historic and famous home, Tour Charleston, visit the Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Riverbanks zoo and Gardens, National underground Railroad Freedom Center and much more. For information and reservations, contact: Sheila Heikkinen (906) 524-7003 or shebob123@charter.net Serving the Diocese of Marquette since before 1879 http://fscc-calledtobe.org (CNA/EWTN News) - Racism and reli- fious intolerance are two of the driving forces behind the growing migrant crisis in Europe and the Middle East, a represen- tative to the Holy See warned the United Nations on Tuesday. In many of the countries of origin of migrants and refugees, the most heinous crimes against religious freedom have been and continue to be committed, Archbish- op Bernardito Auza said, citing problemat- ic forced conversions, executions, and the seizure of taxes and property of those who hold to their religious beliefs. Religious and ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected by these abus- es perpetrated by violent non-state actors who are clearly intent on destroying reli- fious, cultural and ethnic diversities, the archbishop continued. He then called on the U.N. and the inter- national community to work diligently to counter violent non-state actors who wantonly violate fundamental human rights. There are more than 60 million refugees, asy- lum-seekers and internally displaced persons in the world today; nearly the equivalent of Italys population. And that number is only expected to frow, Archbishop Auza warned. He said the num- ber of persons forced from their homes by conflict and discrimination each day has nearly quadru- pled since 2010. While recognizing the legal and social complex- ities of migration, Archbishop Auza urged the United Nations to prioritize the human rights of migrants and refugees. Over and above all other considerationsit is necessary alwaysto recognize the migrant as a fellow human being, endowed with the same human dignity and rights as we are, he said. This is especially true when we deal with persons who were forced to migrate against their will, like the refugees, the persecuted for religious or ethnic rea- sons, and those who are being trafficked for sexual exploitation, slave labor and other forms of abuse. Pope Francis made a similar call for a just and humane response to migration during his historic address to a joint session of US Congress in September. The pope urged lawmakers to not be shocked by the size of the migrant crisis, but instead view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation. Archbishop Auza echoed the pope, warning the UN of the temptation to turn inward and regard migrants and refugees as outsiders. We must resist the tendency to recoil at the enormity and complexity of the crisis, he said. We must fight the temptation to turn inward, labeling the other as a threat to our way of life. We must make the crisis we face an opportunity to realize a more just and fraternal world for all. Archbishop Auza encouraged the UN member nations to re-evaluate laws that could foster discrimination and violence, though he did not mention any specific laws. He also called for increased dialogue, particularly be- tween religions. Racial discrimination, xenophobia and intoler- ance have no place in a world committed to peace, fenuine pluralism and the common good of all hu- manity, the archbishop said. (They) are a serious affront to human dignity and are inexcusable im- pediments to building an international community committed to the promotion of human rights. More than 60 million people have been forced from homes DANIEL IBANEZ CATHOLIC NEWS AGENCY Among the millions of people displaced from their homes are these refugee children at the Sharia Al Haman Hope Refugee Camp in Duhok, Iraq on March 28, 2015.

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