- Associated Press - Sunday, November 22, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - 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.

“We are not required to choose, and we can do both,” he said.

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, through Catholic Charities New Hampshire and other ministries, stands ready to offer assistance to refugees who may come to New Hampshire seeking asylum from Syria.

“I ask the people of New Hampshire to consider the stories of the persecution these poor souls have suffered and to learn more about the existing security screening required before refugees may resettle in the United States,” Libasci said.

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