Watched over by French soldiers and police, Catholic pilgrims from around the world prayed together for healing and peace Monday at a grotto shrine in Lourdes where exceptional security greeted the spiritual travelers due to recent extremist attacks.
CHR Comments: The Feast of the Assumption of Mary was observed without incident. The article includes a brief account of the visions and miracles associated with Lourdes.
Source: Under heavy security, Catholic pilgrims visit Lourdes shrine – The Washington Post
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