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Quebec's Holy Door proves to be a popular attraction

January 12, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

QUEBEC – A year of celebration in the Archdiocese of Quebec drew more than 350,000 pilgrims through the Holy Door of Quebec City's Cathedral-Basilica of Notre Dame de Québec. The celebrations began in 2013 on Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, when Notre Dame, North America's first parish, marked the start of its 350th year.

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Church agencies reject refugee discrimination

January 12, 2015
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Religion should never be used to priorize Syrian refugees for resettlement, said Catholic agencies amid reports that the Canadian government intends to give preferential treatment to religious minorities. The CBC and Post Media both reported that the government intends to accept into Canada only Syrian refugees who face religious persecution. Quoting sources inside a United Nations High Commission for Refugees pledging conference in Geneva, the media outlets claimed Canada clashed with the UNHCR over the government's intended policy.

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Pope's eyes turn toward children at Christmas

January 12, 2015
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

Christmas, it is often said, is for children. So Pope Francis gave special attention to the gift of children during his talks in the Christmas season. The pope extolled the miracle of children in one talk and, in another, called on "Baby Jesus" to save the millions of children who are abused and mistreated. "A child is a miracle" that changes the lives of his or her parents, he said in an audience with an Italian association for large families on Dec. 28, the feast of the Holy Family.

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Local Filipinos ecstatic over pope's visit to the Philippines

January 12, 2015
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Catholics from the Philippines are ecstatic over Pope Francis' visit to their homeland Jan. 15 to 19. "It is a blessing because the vicar of Christ is coming to visit them," said Father Joselito Cantal. The pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Edson, Cantal was born and grew up in the Philippines, and still has family there. "We know the pope's heart is very close to the poor," Cantal said in an interview.

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Pope calls all to a mission of peace

January 12, 2015
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

VATICAN CITY – Peace is a gift that comes through prayer and through small daily efforts to sow harmony in one's family, parish and community, Pope Francis said. "At the beginning of this new year, we are all called to reignite in our hearts a spark of hope, which must be translated into concrete works of peace: You don't get along with that person? Make peace. In your home? Make peace.

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Mother's concern is for her children

Hanadi Shehadeh

January 12, 2015
BARB FRAZE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

RAMTHA, JORDAN – Samira has spent much of the past several years living in fear. When the crisis in her home province of Dara'a, Syria, began in 2011, she was "afraid for my kids to go to school." When the bombing in her village began, she hid in a shelter. When she emerged, "We saw big tanks, I didn't even try to reach my house."

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Syrian grandmother longs to see family reunited

January 12, 2015
BARB FRAZE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

ZARQA, JORDAN – More than anything else, Faten Bohlak would like to go to Austria. The 52-year-old refugee from Syria would like to join her two sons, aged 34 and 19, who have been resettled in Austria. The youngest son, she added, is "the heart of my heart." For now, she lives in a sparsely furnished apartment above a small shop in Zarqa, Jordan's second-largest city.

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Middle East upheaval leaves millions suffering

January 12, 2015
BARB FRAZE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

The story of the Middle East in 2014 is one of war and displacement, broken families, tireless aid workers, and the rise of a new group one scholar referred to as "al-Qaida on steroids." It's a story of populations stretched to the limit, but still welcoming more refugees as neighbours. And it's a tale of religious leaders calling for prayer, meeting for dialogue and urging an end to the violence.

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Family spends long days waiting for resettlement in a safe place

Almaseeh family members

January 12, 2015
BARB FRAZE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

AMMAN, JORDAN – Nafee Abd Almaseeh and his wife, Trazia Marzina, spend their days hoping for resettlement. They want help to get to "a place that's safe," Almaseeh said. In June, he and his family left Qaraqosh, Iraq, with just their clothes and passports. Before the Islamic State group bombed their home, the militants cut water and electricity for 15 days.

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Iraqi mother faces anger of her children

Lahab Hannna

January 12, 2015
BARB FRAZE
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

AMMAN, Jordan – Every night, in the church hall that Lahab Hanna shares with her husband, three children and 47 other people, her middle daughter makes a scene. Hanna, 32, said her children do not understand why they had to move from the Iraqi cities of Mosul, Qaraqosh and Ainkawa to their small space in a church hall in Amman. The children do not know the details of when her husband was kidnapped for eight days.

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