OKLAHOMA CITY (May 23, 2013) NewsOK.com -- Love’s Travel Stops will donate $3 million to support the immediate and long-term relief efforts in Oklahoma after tornadoes slammed Moore, Shawnee and surrounding areas. ... $500,000 will be designated to Catholic Charities.
WASHINGTON D.C./OKLAHOMA CITY (May 23, 2013) – The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops yesterday called on Catholics in parishes across the country to respond to the needs of central Oklahomans in the wake of the devastating tornadoes of May 19 and May 20.
In a letter, Cardinal Timothy Dolan asked the U.S. bishops to initiate a special collection of funds in their dioceses to aid ongoing tornado recovery efforts in central Oklahoma and to prepare for future storms.
“Today I make a request, dear brothers, that you encourage your pastors to take up a special collection during the months of May and June to assist in recovery efforts from the recent storms in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma (City) and other natural disasters that the Church in this country may suffer this year,” the letter states. “I request that we broaden this appeal in anticipation of more domestic disasters possibly awaiting us this year.”
VATICAN CITY (May 22, 2013) Vatican Information Service – Yesterday afternoon, the Holy Father sent a message, through Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B., to Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, Okla., USA, for the tornado that devastated the city and suburbs, causing numerous victims and wounded on Monday, May 20.
“The Holy Father,” reads the text, “has followed with deep concern the aftermath of the devastating tornado which has struck Oklahoma and he asks you convey to the entire community the assurance of his solidarity and closeness in prayer."
“Our first concern is for the victims who have lost their lives or loved ones and suffered injury or loss of property,” Archbishop Coakley said. “We are moved by the efforts of the first responders who have put their own lives on hold to help in this time of need. We owe them a debt of gratitude and assure them of our prayers. As soon as possible, I will be on site in Moore to help support and offer comfort and consolation to anyone who might need or desire it. We draw hope in such times from Jesus’ invitation to the weary or troubled to come to Him and find rest.
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Kevin Calvey, state vice chairman, of Oklahoman’s for Life was the MC for the 2013 Walk for Life OKC event March 25. In this clip Calvey talks about the four prolife bills that are being voted on in this legislative session. They are HB1588, HB2015 and HB 1403 and SB 915.
For the first time in many years the prospect of a comprehensive overhaul of our immigration system is looming on the horizon. Our federal immigration policy has been woefully inadequate for some time. Inadequate border security combined with an insufficient number of visas available to fill the necessary jobs required by our economy have led to a flood of undocumented persons entering clandestinely into the United States.
Many of these enter the country across our southern border. These individuals and families usually come out of necessity escaping crushing poverty to seek a better life than had been possible in their native land. So desperate are the conditions of their homelands that they willingly expose themselves to great risk crossing an inhospitable desert and placing their lives in the hands of ruthless traffickers who often abandon them at the first sign of danger. If they reach the United States they are forced to live in the shadows of society where they remain subject to exploitation because of their lack of legal standing. Estimates place the number of these undocumented persons at more than 11 million. Admittedly, there are many other ways that people can find themselves “out of status” or undocumented, such as when their visa expires.
Por primera vez en muchos años, la posibilidad de una reforma integral de nuestro sistema de inmigración está surgiendo en el horizonte. Nuestra política federal de inmigración ha sido lamentablemente inadecuada durante mucho tiempo. La seguridad fronteriza inadecuada combinada con un número insuficiente de visas disponibles para llenar los empleos requeridos por nuestra economía ha dado lugar a una avalancha de personas indocumentadas que entran clandestinamente a los Estados Unidos.
Muchos de ellos ingresan al país a través de nuestra frontera sureña. Estos individuos y familias por lo general vienen por necesidad escapando de la pobreza aplastante para buscar una vida mejor que la que había sido posible en su tierra natal. Tan desesperadas son las condiciones de sus países de origen que voluntariamente se exponen a grandes riesgos de cruzar un desierto inhóspito y colocando sus vidas en manos de traficantes sin escrúpulos que a menudo los abandonan a la primera señal de peligro. Si llegan a los Estados Unidos se ven obligados a vivir en las sombras de la sociedad en donde permanecen sometidos a la explotación debido a su falta de autorización legal. Estimados indican que el número de personas indocumentadas es más de 11 millones. Es cierto que hay muchas otras maneras en que las personas pueden encontrarse "fuera de estatus" o indocumentados, como cuando expiran sus visas.
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