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Bishop makes new appointments

CHARLESTON—Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone has made three new appointments for priests in the Diocese of Charleston.

Father Michael F. McCafferty, in addition to his current assignment as pastor at Sacred Heart in Gaffney and St. Augustine Mission in Union, was appointed chaplain at Tyger River Correctional Institution in Enoree, effective Aug. 11.

Father S. Thomas Kingsley, pastor of Church of the Nativity in Charleston, was appointed dean representative for the Coastal Deanery, effective Aug. 14.

Franciscan Father Stephen E. Kluge, new to the diocese, is appointed pastor at St. Joseph Church and School in Anderson, effective Sept. 1.

 

Catholic school superintendent takes part in ALS ice bucket challenge

By Catholic News Service

CINCINNATI--Showing his support for those suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Cincinnati Archdiocese took part in the ice bucket challenge Aug. 21. Superintendent Jim Rigg was joined by Tom Otten, principal of Elder Catholic High School, on the school's campus.

The challenge has taken the nation by storm to raise money in support of research into the disease, which is formally known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure and no proven treatments. In the challenge, people are asked to share videos through social media that show them dumping a bucket of ice water on their heads -- or having someone else do the dumping. They also have to name others to do the same in the next 24 hours or donate $100 to the ALS Association.

But questions raised about research supported by the ALS Association have left some Catholics concerned about participating in the effort. The association, which has received the most donations related to the ice bucket challenge, supports research associated with the use of embryonic stem cells, which the Catholic Church opposes. So many Catholic participants in the challenge, in Cincinnati and elsewhere, have chosen to send their donations to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, based in Iowa City, Iowa. The institute on its website says it focuses on "the most ethical and cost-effective way of conducting medical research to help develop therapies and cures for a variety of diseases."


Image: Tom Otten, principal of Elder High School in Cincinnati, and Jim Rigg, superintendent of Catholic schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at the school Aug. 21. Their donations will go to the John Paul II Medical Research Institute in Iowa. (CNS photo/John Stegeman, Catholic Telegraph)

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Pope phones family of slain U.S. journalist

By Catholic News Service

NEW YORK (CNS) -- Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of James Foley, a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria.

In an Aug. 22 interview on NBC's "Today" show, John and Diane Foley briefly described the previous day's discussion with the pope, in which they spoke of shared grief at the death of loved ones.

"Pope Francis was so dear because he is grieving himself, having just lost three members of his family and (with) his nephew critically ill," Diane Foley said on the program. "Here in the midst of his tremendous grief, he took the time to call. Our whole family was there, one of our beloved priest friends ... was there, my brother-in-law spoke in Spanish to him. He was just so kind."

The wife and two young children of the pope's nephew, 35-year-old Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, were killed in a car crash Aug. 19 in Argentina. Bergoglio was critically injured.

John Foley said on the "Today" show that "we felt very comforted and supported" that the pope offered his personal prayer.

Father Paul Gousse, pastor of the family's parish, Holy Rosary Church in Rochester, New Hampshire, told Catholic News Service in an Aug. 22 phone call that the Foleys told him they were especially struck by the pope's outreach to them at a time when he is grieving himself. He said the pope spoke with several members of the family in a call that lasted more than 20 minutes.

Shortly after the call was made, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, told the Vatican press that Pope Francis called to console the family for their loss and assure them of his prayers.

Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini, assistant director of the Vatican press office, told reporters the next day that the pope's call came shortly after 2 p.m. New Hampshire time, and that the conversation was "long and intense."

Pope Francis was particularly "struck by the faith" of the late journalist's mother, the spokesman said. The pope spoke with the parents through an interpreter.

According to The Associated Press, U.S. officials confirmed a graphic video released Aug. 19 that showed Islamic State fighters beheading Foley, a 1996 graduate of Marquette University who had been a freelance journalist for the past several years, mostly in the world's trouble spots. In 2011, he was kidnapped on a Libyan battlefield and held captive in Tripoli for 45 days.

Sometime in late 2012, he went missing in Syria. The last time his family heard from him was before Thanksgiving that year.

The Islamic State militants said they killed Foley in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes on their strongholds, and the group threatened to kill another U.S. hostage also shown in the video.

President Obama called Foley's parents Aug. 20 before addressing the nation about their son's death and told them: "We are all heartbroken."

When Obama was making his televised remarks about James Foley's death, his parents spoke to reporters on the front yard of their home.

"We thank God for the gift of Jim. We are so, so proud of him," said Diane Foley.

She added that he was "a courageous, fearless journalist -- the best of America."

John Foley told reporters: "We think his strength came from God," and his wife interjected: "We know it did."

His father also described how their son not only wanted to humanize the wars he was covering but would also "take a bullet" for any of his colleagues.

"It's not difficult to find solace," his father added, saying he knows his son is "in God's hands."

He said it is now up to others to "pick up the gauntlet" and continue the work his son was doing.


Image 1: Pope Francis gives a blessing to the crowd during his weekly audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 20. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

Image 2: U.S. journalist James Foley in seen in Tripoli, Libya, in 2011. Pope Francis phoned Foley's bereaved family after he was killed by Islamic State militants in Syria. (CNS photo/Louafi Larbi, Reuters)

 

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Una nación de inmigrantes debe de tener un sistema migratorio que funciona

Los Estados Unidos no llegó a ser excelente por mantener a la gente fuera de sus fronteras. Llegó a ser excelente porque, a través de nuestra historia, manteníamos abierta la puerta a los que buscaban empezar de nuevo, los que buscaban la oportunidad económica y la posibilidad de criar a sus familias en paz y libertad.

Trágicamente, la ley migratoria es anticuada y ya no representa este modelo de visión tan característica de los Estados Unidos. Un país que fue fundado y construido por inmigrantes ahora edifica barreras innecesarias que prohíbe la entrada a Americanos aspirantes y que separa familias. América necesita urgentemente que el congreso pase la reforma migratoria para arreglar un sistema roto que claramente no satisface nuestras necesidades.

Yo soy hijo de inmigrantes. Mis padres vinieron aquí en busca de una vida mejor en los principios del siglo XX, durante una época en que las reglas eran más simples y obtener la ciudanía era más fácil. Hoy en día, es una lucha tremenda para muchas personas que quieren obtener la ciudanía estadounidense. Algunas cuotas arbitrarias, establecidas hace años, dejan poco espacio a los refugiados y proveen pocas oportunidades para los que buscan trabajo, aun cuando empleadores estadounidenses necesitan su ayuda de manera desesperada.

El sistema migratorio quebrado también crea una clase baja permanente de no ciudadanos – personas que inmigraron sin documentación apropiada porque se enfrentaban con dificultades insoportables en su tierra natal. A menudo, al encontrarse obligados a decidir entre o quebrar las leyes migratorias de EE.UU. o mirar a su familia pasar hambre, eligen lo anterior. Imagino que es una elección que muchos de nosotros también escogeríamos al enfrentarnos con la misma situación.

Una vez en los Estados Unidos, no importa lo duro que trabajen o que tanto vivan una vida de respeto por la ley, la política actual de la inmigración no les da una senda a la legalidad. Ellos no pueden avanzar y corregir la trasgresión legal sin perder su sustento y la calidad de vida que sus familias han llegado a conocer.

Esto es especialmente difícil para los niños. Aun los que fueron traídos a los Estados Unidos en la infancia, algunos sin recuerdo ninguno de su lugar de nacimiento ni la habilidad de hablar el idioma del país de origen, se enfrentan con un futuro inseguro en el único país que conocen como su casa.

Muchas veces, los inmigrantes documentados también están tratados de manera injusta por el sistema migratorio. Están forzados a esperar años para el permiso de reunir a su familia. En una nación en que se supone que la santidad de la vida humana y la importancia suprema de la unidad familiar es una de nuestros valores más apreciadas, este hecho es imperdonable.

La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos se pronunció oficialmente en contra de las políticas de inmigración de “solamente hacer cumplir la ley”, y a favor de una reforma migratoria integral. Es justo y es necesario que los Estados Unidos cambie la política migratoria para crear una senda a la legalidad para los inmigrantes indocumentados y sus hijos. También requerimos políticas más inteligentes que buscan utilizar los talentos y la fuerza de trabajo que ofrecen los inmigrantes creando así más empleos para todos los trabajadores y para hacer a las familias más prósperas.

La Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos tiene el poder. Por favor, únanse a mí para asegurar que nuestros representantes en la Cámara sepan que sus electores apoyamos a una reforma del sistema migratorio. Nuestros congresistas deben de escucharnos antes de que termine otra sesión de la Cámara sin la aprobación de un plan de reforma. Tenemos una oportunidad de arreglar nuestro sistema migratorio — no podemos permitir que se nos
escape una vez más.

 

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