On 17 October, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, had made a proposal to Iraqi President Barham Salih to present in Parliament a bill to recognize Christmas as a public holiday throughout Iraq. On that occasion, receiving the Chaldean Patriarch at his residence, President Salih had emphasized the role of Christian communities in the reconstruction of the country, after the years of jihadist occupation of Mosul and large regions of northern Iraq.
After learning of the news of the amendment’s passage, Cardinal Sako, released a message in which he thanked President Salih; the Speaker of Parliament, Muhammad al Halbousi; and all the parliamentarians “for the vote cast for the good of their fellow Christians,” invoking for all of them God’s blessing and reward.
Upon Pope Francis’ arrival in Baghdad in March, he will likely address Iraq’s government leaders. Archbishop Warda told CNA that he was confident that the pope would speak to these economic issues out of his concern for the poor.
“The Holy Father has always made it clear that he and the Church are first with the poor and the marginalized, with the working families, and the importance of their ability to live in peace and dignity,” he said.
It seems a funny thing to say of public policy, but so much of what doesn’t work in life has to do with an absence of love.
When it comes to US family life in the time of Covid, media reports are mixed – perhaps the pandemic has made families stronger. Or weaker. Divorce is either falling or soaring. As for parents, especially those juggling jobs, child care, and online education, a recent American Enterprise Institute report concluded they are “not all right.”
The first death happened last week, and the death announcements kept coming. Four of the eight nuns died on Monday alone, a difficult situation for other sisters in the home and members of the broader congregation, who consider each other family.
“Even though they’re older and most of the sisters that did go to God are in their late 80s, 90s … we didn’t expect them to go so, so quickly,” Sciano said. “So it was just very difficult for us.”
2. Bad news, according to new @uscensusbureau:
Number & share of parents in America *falling massively." There were
– 66 million parents in 2010, but now
– 63 million parents in 2020
Huge drop in fertility & parenthood unfolding in US. So…
— Brad Wilcox (@WilcoxNMP) December 18, 2020
The Knights of Columbus soon announced that they would contribute the money to pay for the replacement of the statue. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson pointed out in a letter to the pastor, Fr. Javier Flores, that 20 years ago when he became Supreme Knight, he dedicated the Knights of Columbus to Our Lady of Guadalupe. He announced a grant of $10,000 for a new statue.
“The desecration of our Catholic statues and churches is a grievous crime against all people who value religious freedom,” said Anderson.
“Together with Pope Francis, our bishops and faithful everywhere, we stand against violence, hatred and bigotry.”
"The people who’ve been dying the most from Covid are Black seniors. The decision here is to not prioritize vaccinating them, but to instead vaccinate a different, less vulnerable group and assert this creates some kind of abstract racial benefit." https://t.co/lGOtw8vcP8
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) December 18, 2020
My method for finding a book:
1. Certain of its location, I go directly to the bookcase.
2. It is not there.
3. I look all over the house.
4. Fail to find book, but find other books and start reading them.
5. I consider a filing system.
6. Laugh. Sigh.
— Nick Ripatrazone (@nickripatrazone) December 18, 2020