US Bishop urges Congress to protect unaccompanied child migrants

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Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, called upon the Administration and Congress to protect unaccompanied children from Mexico and Central America crossing the border and to respond to the root causes of poverty and increasing violence as a long-term solution to the issue.

“This is a very complicated problem, but its roots must be addressed, both by our government and governments in the region,” said Bishop Elizondo in June 4 remarks. He added that the recent announcement by the Administration of an inter-agency task force headed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was a “good first step.” Continue reading US Bishop urges Congress to protect unaccompanied child migrants

China Bulldozing Hundreds Of Mountains To Expand Cities

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By Ari Phillips
China Bulldozing Hundreds Of Mountains To Expand Cities”

China and ClimateChina is just about the same size as the United States, but livable land is in short supply. With the population and economy still growing at a rapid clip, the government has undertaken a plan to bulldoze hundreds of mountains to create land for building on.
In a paper [ http://www.nature.com/news/environment-accelerate-research-on-land-creation-1.15327 ]published in journal Nature this week, three researchers from Chang’an University in China warn that the scores of mountains already being truncated is leading to air and water pollution, erosion, and flooding. With unprecedented plans to remove over 700 mountains and fill valleys with the debris, they warn that “there has been too little modelling of the costs and benefits of land creation. Inexperience and technical problems delay projects and add costs, and the environment impacts are not being thoroughly considered.” Continue reading China Bulldozing Hundreds Of Mountains To Expand Cities

Kenya orders all refugees into designated camps

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Sunday’s attack, in the Likoni district near Mombasa, came amid heightened warnings of a threat of Islamist violence in Kenya despite boosted security in major cities.
• Dadaab, where people often live in appalling conditions, is home to more than 400,000 mainly Somali refugees.
• Kakuma, a vast desert settlement, is home to more than 125,000 refugees from across the region, including Somalia.

Internal security Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku flanked by other Security officials. Photo/EVANS HABIL
Internal security Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku flanked by other Security officials. Photo/EVANS HABIL

Internal security Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku flanked by other Security officials. Photo/EVANS HABIL
Kenya on Tuesday restricted all refugees on its soil to two designated camps in the wake of a weekend attack on a church near Mombasa that claimed six lives.

Kenyans were asked to report any refugees or illegal immigrants outside the overcrowded camps – Dadaab in the east and Kakuma in the northwest – to the police. Continue reading Kenya orders all refugees into designated camps

World financial system built as ‘new idolatry,’ cardinal tells forum

Catholic News Service

By Mark Pattison

Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, president of Caritas Internationalis, gives his keynote address during a conference in Washington on why libertarianism is incompatible with Catholic social teaching. (CNS/Bob Roller)
Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, president of Caritas Internationalist, gives his keynote address during a conference in Washington on why libertarianism is incompatible with Catholic social teaching. (CNS/Bob Roller)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The world financial system “has been built as a new idolatry,” charged Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, at a June 3 forum in Washington sponsored by The Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies.

During his keynote address, Cardinal Rodriguez issued a ringing endorsement of the church’s competency to critique economic systems.

Some of the church’s critics ask, “What is the hierarchy of the church doing in the economy? They know nothing about the economy,” Cardinal Rodriguez said in his remarks at the forum, “Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism.”
The church knows about the economy because “we know about the human being,” the cardinal said. “The human being was not made for the economy, but the economy was made for the human being.” Pastors “smell like the sheep,” he added, borrowing a phrase from Pope Francis, and said libertarians and economists could benefit by being closer to the people. Continue reading World financial system built as ‘new idolatry,’ cardinal tells forum