Identity Crisis In An Indian Catholic Church

In a small church in New York, a sect of Catholics from south India struggle to hold on to a piece of ancient culture that is intertwined with an evolving faith community.

Source: ‘Products Of The Soil’: Identity Crisis In An Indian Catholic Church : Code Switch : NPR

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Syrian Refugees Arrive in South Carolina Despite Objections

Another family also is expected; Gov. Nikki Haley asked federal officials not to send Syrians because of security concerns.

CHR Comment: Lutheran Services Carolinas, a charity-based social services agency, is helping to settle Syrian refugees in South Carolina despite the security concerns raised by immigration. The article explains the issues of inadequate security checks as well as the disagreements between federal and state officials.

Source: Syrian refugees arrive in S.C. despite gov’s objections

Polish Vote Marks Resurgence of Conservative Catholic Values

Church attendance may be falling in Poland as elsewhere across Europe, but the victory of conservative opposition Law and Justice (PiS) party in Sunday’s election will likely advance the role of Roman Catholic values in public life and government.

CHR Comment: The comparisons are made with the high point in church attendance and Catholic piety in the 1980s. The changes are compelled by reactions to life issues such as in vetro fertilization, immigration, and materialism. A number of politically vocal priests are named.

Source: Polish vote marks resurgence of conservative Catholic values