CWN - England’s leading Catholic prelate has criticized the government’s decision to restrict the number of refugees from Syria.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that the government will welcome 350 orphans. That policy was set in response to an act of Parliament calling for preference to Syrian refugees; the author of the legislation had suggested accepting about 3,000.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols said that it would be “truly shocking” if the government adhered to the new lower number. Last year the UK accepted 900 orphans, and “the need is evidently far greater,” he said. He called for a reconsideration of the decision, urging the government to honor the intent of the legislation.

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England’s leading Catholic prelate has criticized the government’s decision to restrict the number of refugees from Syria.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced that the government will welcome 350 orphans. That policy was set in response to an act of Parliament calling for preference to Syrian refugees; the author of the legislation had suggested accepting about 3,000.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols said that it would be “truly shocking” if the government adhered to the new lower number. Last year the UK accepted 900 orphans, and “the need is evidently far greater,” he said. He called for a reconsideration of the decision, urging the government to honor the intent of the legislation.

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Teachings of Christ

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?" (Mark 8:34-37 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Random Proverb

"The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin." (Proverbs 10:10 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

For to despise the present age, not to love transitory things, unreservedly to stretch out the mind in humility to God and our neighbor, to preserve patience against offered insults and, with patience guarded, to repel the pain of malice from the heart, to give one's property to the poor, not to covet that of others, to esteem the friend in God, on God's account to love even those who are hostile, to mourn at the affliction of a neighbor, not to exult in the death of one who is an enemy, this is the new creature whom the Master of the nations seeks with watchful eye amid the other disciples, saying:"If, then, any be in Christ a new creature, the old things are passed away. Behold all things are made new" (2 Cor. 5:17). 

St. Gregory the Great