Residents of Haitian Descent 'Stateless' in Dominican Republic

Representatives from Jesuit Refugee Services in the Dominican Republic have accused the government of nullifying nearly 1,600 birth certificates belonging to residents of Haitian descent. An investigation by J.R.S. found that 72 percent of those affected by the government’s moves are between 15 and 30 years old and are now unable to find a job, open a bank account or enroll in school. Forty-eight percent also have been unable to register their children as Dominican citizens. The denationalization policy is stripping thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent of their previously established citizenship, denying them access to their existing identity documents and effectively rendering their children and future generations stateless.

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At Rome's Basilica of St. Bartholomew, a shrine to modern martyrs, Pope Francis presided over an evening prayer service April 22, honoring Christians killed under Nazism, communism, dictatorships and terrorism.
The conference brought together six lay people from different countries “to reflect on the post-synod apostolic exhortation that has aroused grave perplexities and widespread unease in numerous components of the Catholic world.”
Gerard O'ConnellApril 22, 2017
These photos, patches of uniforms and drawings create a piecemeal account of life at Dachau during and after the war.
Teresa DonnellanApril 21, 2017
Demonstrators march during a Feb. 25 rally organized by Catholics Against the Death Penalty in Southern California (CNS photo/Andrew Cullen, Reuters).
Christianity is not a relic laid in a museum; it is not a book entombed in an archive. It lives in the living people of God.
John T. Noonan, Jr.April 21, 2017