Paris violence won’t alter church outreach to refugees, USCCB head says

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November 16, 2015

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, right, responds to a reporter's question Nov. 16 during a news conference at the bishops 2015 fall general assembly in Baltimore. At left is Don Clemmer, USCCB assistant director of media relations, and Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, N.M. (CNS photo/Bob Roller) See BISHOPS-RESETTLEMENT Nov. 16, 2015.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, right, responds to a reporter’s question Nov. 16 during a news conference at the bishops 2015 fall general assembly in Baltimore. At left is Don Clemmer, USCCB assistant director of media relations, and Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, N.M. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Church resettlement programs in the United States will continue to aid refugees who are fleeing violence and social ills despite calls that the country’s borders should be closed to anyone but Christians.

The church’s response is focused on people in need of food, shelter and safety and not their particular faith, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,
told reporters Nov. 16 during a midday break at the bishops’ annual fall general assembly.

“We at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities, we are always open to helping families who come into the United States in need of help,” he said at a news conference. “We have that tradition of doing it and we’re going to contribute.”

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