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Caption: Retired Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer of San Angelo, Texas, stands in front of the Israeli separation wall near Jerusalem Sept. 12. Bishop Pfeifer was one of 18 bishops on a nine-day prayer pilgrimage for peace in the Holy Land. (CNS/Debbie Hill)
Retired Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer of San Angelo, Texas, stands in front of the Israeli separation wall near Jerusalem Sept. 12. Bishop Pfeifer was one of 18 bishops on a nine-day prayer pilgrimage for peace in the Holy Land. (CNS/Debbie Hill)
Bishop criticizes senator for politicizing summit on Mideast Christians

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WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A Catholic bishop criticized Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for politicizing a conference of diverse political and church leaders working on behalf of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

"When you come to a hard political stance on anything, it's going to cause a flare-up, and that's what happened last night," Maronite Bishop Gregory J. Mansour of Brooklyn, New York, told Catholic News Service Sept. 11.
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Caption: President Barack Obama gestures during a meeting with Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, fourth from left, and other religious leaders at the White House Sept. 11. (CNS/White House)
President Barack Obama gestures during a meeting with Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, fourth from left, and other religious leaders at the White House Sept. 11. (CNS/White House)
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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 44, No. 16 (Sept. 18, 2014):

-- Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in a statement stressing the need to continue to combat the destructive influence of racism.

-- War is just senseless slaughter and should never be seen as inevitable or a done deal, Pope Francis says in a message to the International Meeting of Peoples and Religions, which met in Belgium to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

-- As global tensions rise and hopes of peace fade, religions hold a crucial responsibility to "bring back hope and guide humankind toward the awareness of a common destiny," says Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Rome-based lay Community of Sant'Egidio, at the International Meeting of Peoples and Religions.

-- Shawqi Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam tells the International Meeting of Peoples and Religions that "Islam is utterly against extremism," and the political violence occurring across the Muslim world and beyond "cannot and should never be attributed to religious values and beliefs but to a complex of factors" that must be understood if this menace is to be eradicated.

-- Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Bishops, looks at marriage and the family from the perspective of the sacramentality of the church and the challenges the upcoming Synod of Bishops likely will face in its discussion of the family and church teaching.


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