US Bishops Urge Pursuit of Peace in Middle East

Leaders of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) this week have urged world leaders to seek peace in the Middle East.

“May the Lord help all parties in this time of growing belligerence to peer through one another’s transgressions and appreciate the legitimate fears that lie behind them,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the (USCCB, and Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, the chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on International Justice and Peace. “All must discover islands of trust in a sea of distrust, do the hard work of reasoning together, acknowledge the futility of further violence and military action, and humbly pursue the common good together. Let us reflect on Pope Francis’ World Day of Peace message. . . for 2020 and pray ‘to overcome evil with good and respond to hatred with love.’”

The bishops made their appeal in the following January 8 statement:

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Congressman: Pro-life Democrats get little support from pro-life groups

Washington D.C., Jan 9, 2020 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), one of the last remaining pro-life Democrats in Congress, has questioned the commitment of some pro-life groups to bipartisanship in the movement to end abortion.

“I’ve gotten some support from pro-life groups, but honestly, not as much as I’d like to see,” Lipinski told CNA in an interview on Thursday.

“I am not someone who’s a big self-promoter but, look, I have put myself on the line in a more difficult political situation than almost any other pro-life member of Congress,” Lipinski said.

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Tafida Raqeeb moved from intensive care unit in Italian hospital

Vatican City, Jan 9, 2020 / 02:35 pm (CNA).- A five-year-old British girl, whose parents won a legal battle to take her to Italy for medical treatment, has been moved out of intensive care, and into a rehabilitative unit for children with incurable illnesses. Her parents say they hope to have more good news about their daughter’s condition in the months to come.

Tafida Raqeeb was transferred to the Galini Children’s Hospital in Genoa from the Royal London Hospital, where she had been since February 2019. The move came after a high-profile court battle in the UK, pitting Raqeeb’s parents against British physicians caring for their daughter.

Raqeeb has been in a coma since Feb. 9, 2019, after she suffered an arteriovenous malformation which resulted in a burst blood vessel in her brain.

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