ICE Raids Leave Broken Homes in Their Wake

In 2012, as many as 150,000 U.S. citizen children saw at least one of their parents get deported.

By Ramy Srour

Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio used chain gangs and a "tent city" in his crusade against undocumented immigrants in the state. He has been sued more than 2,000 times and is now is overseen by a federal monitor. Credit:Valeria Fernandez/IPS
Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio used chain gangs and a “tent city” in his crusade against undocumented immigrants in the state. He has been sued more than 2,000 times and is now is overseen by a federal monitor. Credit:Valeria Fernandez/IPS

WASHINGTON, Oct 29 2013 (IPS) – Saul Merlos is an undocumented migrant from El Salvador. About two years ago, he was living and working in the southern U.S. city of New Orleans.

“One day, our employers told us we were going to get paid, but instead they sent immigration,” he told IPS. “I was a witness to the raid, where they got 55 of us.”
“People are disappearing on their way to drop their children off to school.” — Jennifer Rosenbaum of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice

Merlos said the raid was violent. “I was a witness that there was a pregnant woman with her daughter, but they didn’t care,” he said. “They yelled at her, and at all of us, that this was their country and asked us what we were doing in their country. They hit some of us, and didn’t even allow me to use the restroom.”
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Evolution, the Bible: Kenya’s fossils challenge religious beliefs

Mail & Guardian

Despite Kenya’s fossils providing lessons of mankind’s origin, using remains to educate children may contradict religious and traditional teachings.

National Museums of Kenya's Frederick Kyalo Manthi. (AFP)
National Museums of Kenya’s Frederick Kyalo Manthi. (AFP)

In Kenya’s national museum, wide-eyed schoolchildren gaze at blackened skeletons of long gone ancestors, 1.5 million-year-old remains that provide key lessons today for modern teachers of mankind’s origin.

For deeply religious Kenya – dubbed the “cradle of mankind” for the wealth of early hominid fossils dug up from its soil showing man’s evolution – the famous remains challenge literal teachings of Christianity, Islam and traditional beliefs.
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Jesuits speak up for refugees: ‘our basic human duty is to save lives’

Independent Catholic News

Migrants arriving on Lampedusa Island - Wiki image
Migrants arriving on Lampedusa Island – Wiki image

On Friday, 25 October, the Jesuit Provincials of Europe the Middle East and Africa-Madagascar, meeting in Rome, issued the following statement on Migration and Asylum today entitled: ‘We cannot set borders to our concern’.

They write:

We have all seen, in the last number of weeks, the terrible suffering caused to migrants and their families, dramatized in the recent Lampedusa tragedy. In the last 20 years many thousands have died trying to reach Europe. Pope Francis visited Lampedusa and expressed his sympathy outrage and sorrow at the desperate suffering of the migrants.
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Jesuit Declaration on Syria crisis

Independent Catholic News

Chapel of St Paul, Damascus - Wiki image
Chapel of St Paul, Damascus – Wiki image

After discussions at their conference in Rome on Friday, the Jesuit Provincials of Europe and the Middle East issued the following statement on the crisis in Syria.

We the Jesuit Provincials, as major superiors of the Society of Jesus in the Middle East and in Europe, warmly welcome the Holy Father’s recent statement on Syria. With all his strength, he alerted international opinion to the Syrian tragedy and asked “all the parties in conflict to listen to the voice of their own conscience and not close themselves in solely on their own interests” (Pope Francis – Angelus prayer – 1st September 2013). With him, we also declare that “never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake”, but that the only way to peace is through the culture of encounter and the culture of dialogue.
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Sisters set aside key Ipswich parcel

Ipswich Chronicle

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have protected 70 acres of their 171.8-acre property on 30 Jeffreys Neck Road from development.
The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have protected 70 acres of their 171.8-acre property on 30 Jeffreys Neck Road from development.

The Sisters worked with the town and the Essex County Greenbelt to set a $1.1 million conservation restriction on land that is home to large breeding populations of water birds and a shellfish nursery. It is within the Great Marsh Area of Critical Environmental Concern, the Atlantic flyway and contributes to a 7,000-acre corridor of permanently protected public and private conservation lands.

The money came from a combination of state and federal sources.

“All of God’s creation is precious to us as a reflection of God’s goodness,” said Province Leadership Team member, Sr. Mary Boretti. “We have tried to be good stewards of our property and are well aware of how fragile many of earth ecosystems have become. We are also deeply aware of the integral connection between our care for Earth and our care for those most in need. We want to engage with others who share this mission and it has been a privilege to work with Greenbelt to further preserve the integrity, sustainability and beauty of this land entrusted to our care.”
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M7.1 earthquake shakes Tohoku coast, tsunami advisory issued

Japan Times

japan10An earthquake registering a preliminary magnitude 7.1 struck off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture early Saturday morning and the Japan Meteorological Agency issued an alert for tsunami of 1 meter high for Japan’s northeastern Pacific coast but lifted it about two hours later.

The agency urged people to stay away from waterfront areas after the 2:10 a.m. quake. The tsunami alert covered Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures. It was lifted at 4:05 a.m.
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SOUTHERN AFRICA: Bishops speak out against graft

Kurunzi Afrika

safThe Catholic bishops of southern Africa have expressed concern at widespread corruption in the church and society in the region and urged everyone to work towards eradication of the vice.

The bishops said, in a pastoral letter, that, “corruption is theft from the poor. Money diverted into the pockets of corrupt people could have been spent on housing for the homeless, on medicine for the sick or for other needs. Aid should reach those it is intended for.”

The bishops referred to various statistics, which showed that almost half of the citizens in Southern Africa admit to having given a bribe, mostly to police officers and government officials. Continue reading SOUTHERN AFRICA: Bishops speak out against graft