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Bishop: Welcome those seeking asylum from Syria

The Associated Press

MANCHESTER — New Hampshire Bishop Peter Libasci is urging elected officials, the Catholics of the Diocese of Manchester and "all people of good will" to welcome those fleeing persecution in other countries, including refugees from Syria seeking asylum.

In a statement released Friday, Libasci said the United States can continue to be a country that resettles refugees of all faiths while continuing to ensure the safety of the nation and its citizens.

He said for reasons of security, it is necessary to continue to carefully screen those seeking asylum. But, he said, we also are called to respond with compassion to those who are resettled in the United States.

Libasci said the Catholic Church in New Hampshire stands ready to offer assistance to refugees who may come to New Hampshire seeking asylum from Syria.

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