The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has vowed that church outreach programs to refugees will continue operating despite politicians, mainly Republicans, calling for America's borders to be closed off.
"We at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities, we are always open to helping families who come into the United States in need of help," said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, who is president of the USCCB, according to Catholic News Service.
"We have that tradition of doing it and we're going to contribute." more >>
Terrorism. It is a word that invokes tragic imagery throughout the world, be it in North America, Africa or Europe.
It is a word associated with horrid acts performed in New York, Kenya, Paris, Syria, the Middle East, and Northern Ireland.
In the face of such horrible actions, in the face of dreadful situations, the Bible offers up verses of hope. more >>
A Synod of Presbyterian Church (USA) has canceled the debt of a predominantly African-American congregation based in New Jersey that has existed since the nineteenth century.
As part of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church's 175th anniversary celebration on Sunday, the Synod of the Northeast cleared the $175,000 debt the congregation owed on their facilities.
The Rev. Dr. Harold Delhagen, leader of the Synod, explained to The Christian Post that the debt cancellation for the historic Princeton church was part of the PCUSA body's commitment to acting upon their beliefs in racial equality. more >>
As the Obama administration moves to accelerate the processing of Syrian refugees seeking asylum in the United States, Republican presidential candidates have expressed concerns about Syrian refugees being allowed into the U.S. following the Paris terror attacks.
On Friday, the U.S. State Department confirmed plans to open a refugee settlement processing center in Erbil, Iraq, a Kurdish-controlled town that houses thousands of displaced people who were forced from their homes and villages due to the rise of the Islamic State terror group.
With the Obama administration planning on allowing up to 10,000 Syrian refugees to enter the U.S. in the next year, the new refugee processing center will open before the end of 2015, according to State Department spokeswoman Danna Van Brandt. Additionally, the U.S. will continue its refugee processing in Lebanon in early 2016. more >>
Presidential candidates are misleading the American public with the wrong facts on the Syrian refugee crisis and causing many to fear that accepting refugees will make the United States vulnerable to terrorist infiltration, the head of a prominent Evangelical refugee relief organization said.
Stephen Bauman, the president and CEO of World Relief, one of nine national agencies authorized by the U.S. State Department to resettle refugees in the United States, told The Christian Post in a Friday interview that the reality behind bringing Syrian refugees to the U.S. is nothing like what some of the 2016 presidential candidates are leading people to believe.
During Wednesday night's Fox Business GOP presidential undercard debate, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is also a Baptist pastor, contended that the U.S. should not take in Syrian refugees. Along with citing economic concern, Huckabee reasoned that "we don't have any idea who these people are" and added that letting Syrian refugees into the country would "open the door so that ISIS people will come in." more >>
It appears to be a storybook ending for 72 adopted children after the Democratic Republic of the Congo finally granted them permission to live with their adoptive families in Europe and North America after the children were forced to wait two years for clearance to leave the country.
After the Congolese government suspended the issuance of exit permits to internationally adopted children in September 2013, effectively freezing international adoptions in the country, approximately 1,000 adoptive families became trapped within Congo's adoption system and have been anxiously waiting to finally take their adopted children home to live as happy families.
Last Monday, the Congolese government announced that it approved 72 adopted children for exit letters. The announcement marks the first action the government has taken since September 2013 to help alleviate the stress for some of these adoptive families. more >>