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Advocates decry historically low cap for refugee entry in 2019

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Advocates for refugee admissions into the United States decried what one statement called a historically low cap of 30,000 for fiscal year 2019, which begins Oct. 1, and asked Congress to work with the Trump administration to more than double that number.

Worldly solutions

As more and more state attorneys-general open more and more inquiries into the Church's history of sexual abuse allegations, it is clear that the headlines we've been reading with much consternation and disgust won't be going away anytime soon. What is most astonishing to me, however, are the Catholics who are attempting to parlay the current sewer of scandal and corruption into a debate point for their own social agendas.

The runway to self-sufficiency

One of the bright spots on our yearly calendar is the Catholic Charities South Fashion Show. Our 270 attendees were treated to a lovely Sunday brunch, where our volunteer models sported the newest looks from Sara Campbell, Miltons, Purple Poppy, Johnny Cupcakes, and Gwen Mireille. The show, our 20th annual "Good is Always in Style" event, was held this September at the Granite Links Golf Club, and hosted by WCVB's Mike Wankum, and his former broadcast partner, Darcie Fisher.

Servant of all

In today's First Reading, it's like we have our ears pressed to the wall and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests, and scribes--who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him (see Mark 8:31; 10:33--34).

Opioids, pain management, and addiction: Balancing ethical duties

Almost 2 million Americans are now addicted to opioids. The National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that more than 100 people die each day in the U.S. from opioid overdoses. This unprecedented level of abuse -- which involves not only heroin, but also prescription pain relievers such as OxyContin, Percocet, morphine, codeine, and fentanyl -- has become a national crisis. Reportedly, about 80 percent of heroin addicts first misused prescription opioids. Yet for many patients, no pain-relieving options more effective than opioids exist. Figuring out how to use these powerful pharmacological agents in an appropriate and ethical manner is urgent and imperative.

Why do we exalt the cross?

Today (9/14) the Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross. In one respect this great day commemorates the discovery of the relics of Christ's crucifixion by the Roman Empress, Helena, in the fourth century and the dedication of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Being Dave Dombrowski

Let's say that you are Dave Dombrowski. You and Sam Kennedy are the bosses of the Boston Red Sox. Sam takes care of the business side of the operation, which are extensive, complicated, and require great skill and long hours, while you, Mr. Dombrowski, handle the baseball operations. Here's what it adds up to -- Sam is in charge of making the money and you are in charge of spending it.

In letters to German cardinal, retired pope defends way he stepped down

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Retired Pope Benedict XVI expressed his displeasure with the way a German cardinal publicly criticized his stepping down as pontiff, and he defended taking the title "pope emeritus."

Apostolic visitor outlines plans for expansion at Medjugorje shrine

WARSAW, Poland (CNS) -- The Polish archbishop tasked with overseeing Bosnia-Herzegovina's Medjugorje shrine has outlined plans for expansion, including more Masses in different languages and facilities for young pilgrims who flock to the site of the alleged Marian apparitions.

Pope names administrator as Indian bishop investigated for alleged rape

MUMBAI, India (CNS) -- Pope Francis has accepted the request of an Indian bishop accused of raping a nun to be relieved of his duties during the investigation.