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23 Oct 2008 description

Largest Resettlement Effort in United States

The Catholic Church resettled 17,823 refugees in 2008, through Migration and Refugee Services of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB/MRS) and its network of diocesan entities, representing 30 percent of the total refugees admitted to the nation. Overall, the U.S. government admitted 60,192 refugees during the fiscal year that ended September 30.

This number represents a 31 percent increase over last year in the number of cases handled by MRS.

06 Dec 2006 description

WASHINGTON (December 6, 2006)-Bishop Thomas G. Wenski, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) international policy committee, has urged National Security Advisor Stephen J. Hadley to work more aggressively with the United Nations and neighboring African countries to address increasing violence in Somalia.

"Rising tensions, militarization and a lack of genuine dialogue have created a situation where a major conflict has become increasingly likely," Bishop Wenski said in a letter to Mr. Hadley.