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CNEWA disburses $1.8 million to 24,000 families in the Middle East

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The Catholic Near East Welfare Association, a papal agency based in New York City, issued an update Tuesday in the form of a press release on its work to aid families in need in the Middle East.

According to the CNEWA press release:

Since May 2012, CNEWA has disbursed U.S. $1,799,767 for more than 24,069 needy displaced Syrian families and 24,234 children; the Christians of different denominations make up more than 80 percent of aid recipients.

When it comes to the Islamic State, all we can do is stand against violence

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I was at our Loretto Motherhouse for a meeting of the Committee for Peace and one of the sisters asked a couple of us what the U.S. should do about the Islamic State militant group. She hadn't signed any of the petitions to choose a nonviolent response because she wants the Islamic State stopped. But she knows when we drop bombs, innocents die. She wasn't sure she wanted the Islamic State killed.

Pope's Mideast ambassadors to summit at Vatican

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The Vatican's seven ambassadors throughout the Middle East will hold a summit at the Vatican this week that will be addressed by the Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and Pope Francis.

Vatican spokesman Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi announced the convening of the Vatican officials, formally known as apostolic nuncios, in a short press briefing Tuesday.

While neither Lombardi nor a statement issued by the Vatican gives firm reasoning for the summit, it comes as focus around the world is centered on efforts to combat the Islamic State militant group.

Hong Kong Cardinal Tong appeals for government restraint, calm protests

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Monday evening, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents continued to swarm the streets inside and around the administrative region's Central District in a more festive, peaceful, even prayerful mood following a clash with police Sunday, when they launched their civil disobedience movement for democracy.

Ho Ho Ho and a Bottle of Runs

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Before the first pitch thrown in Wednesday night's National League playoff game between Pittsburgh and San Francisco, I envision my friends Joe and Cathie Hajdu running through a welter of possible scenarios. They are Pirates fans of the porcelain variety, having remained steadfast for half a century without letting defeat or even moments of joy ruin their quiet equanimity. They have felt the spectrum of hope, disaster, promise and miracle over the years without spasms of bitterness or heady bouts of arrogance.

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