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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved this week, during its November General Assembly, the formal statement, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, A Pastoral Letter Against Racism."
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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Jesuit Refugee Service/USA both expressed disappointment after the announcement that a maximum of 30,000 refugees will be resettled in the U.S. in 2019.
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In a letter to the U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee leadership, Bishop Frank J. Dewane, Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and Sister Donna Markham, O.P., Ph.D., President & CEO of Catholic Charities USA, expressed hopefulness as the committee considers the FIRST STEP Act, bipartisan legislation that focuses on prison operations and reentry policies. It would offer incentives for inmates to go through counseling, substance abuse programs, and vocational training before reentering society.