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LITANY FOR THE CONVERSION OF AMERICA Invocations 2

 LITANY FOR THE CONVERSION OF AMERICA Invocations 2

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Lord, have mercy. 

Christ, have mercy. 

Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us. 

Christ, graciously hear us.

Our Lady of America, 

pray for us.

Immaculate Conception,

succor us not to offend God anymore.

Our Lady of Guadalupe,

succor us in the will to subdue all infanticide.

Our Lady of Fatima,

succor us to secure the Consecration of Russia to thine Immaculate Heart.

Our Lady of Refuge,

succor us in routing the plaque of perversity.

Our Lady, Comfortress of the Afflicted,

succor us in defense of that which has been left unguarded in laxity.

Our Lady, Health of the Weak,

succor us in humility.

Our Lady, Morning Star,

succor us in fraternal and Divine charity.

Our Lady, Gate of Heaven,

succor us to seek the will of the One True God in all things.

Our Lady, Ark of the Covenant,

succor us with courage to uphold the rights of God and His commandments.

Our Lady, House of Gold,

succor us in the just limits of government.

Our Lady, Tower of Ivory,

succor us the love of virtue and justice.

Our Lady, Tower of David,

succor us in the love of temperance and honor.

Our Lady, Mystical Rose,

succor us in the virtue of holy silence.

Our Lady, Vessel of Singular Devotion,

succor us in a rejection of self-love.

Our Lady, Cause of Our Joy,

succor us in gratitude to God.

Our Lady, Virgin Most Faithful,

succor us to the defense of our one nation under God.

Our Lady, Virgin Most Merciful,

succor us in prudence in self-government.

Our Lady, Virgin Most Venerable,

succor us in repentance for moral depravity.

Our Lady, Mother of Our Redeemer,

succor us to convert this nation one soul at a time.

Our Lady, Mother Undefiled,

succor us in the proper example of righteousness.

Our Lady, Mother Most Pure,

succor us in the advocacy of Marylike standards of modesty.

Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace,

succor us in the Divine order of nature and holy motherhood.

Our Lady, Holy Mother of God,

succor us to defend the most defenseless among us.

Our Lady, O Holy Mary,

succor us to revere the name of the One True God.

Our Lady of Prosperity,

succor us to forsake pragmatism for holy principle.

Our Lady of Consolation

succor us in resisting evil whatever it costs.

Our Lady of Good Counsel,

succor us patience and persistence.

Our Lady of Good Succor,

succor us upholding Truth.

Our Lady of the Dove,

succor us in rejecting the vanity of the things of this world.

Our Lady of Lourdes,

succor us in resisting the culture of death.

Our Lady of the Thorn,

succor us in Christian discourse and logic.

Our Lady of Victory,

succor us in avoiding false compromise.

Our Lady, Mediatrix of All Graces,

succor us in rejecting hypocrisy.

Our Lady of Tears,

succor us in the chastisement we must endure.

Our Lady of Divine Providence,

succor us in self-negation.

Our Lady of Consolation,

succor us in the virtue of hope.

Our Lady of Good Remedy,

succor us to not be confounded and demoralized.

Our Lady of Deliverance,

succor us to defend and uphold the traditional family.

Our Lady of Confidence,

succor us to pray for and promote humble lawmakers.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel,

succor us to exhort men of true faith to rise in leadership.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help,

succor us in upholding and explaining the natural law.

Our Lady of the Poor,

succor us in the restoration of property as taught by Holy Church. 

Our Lady of Fire,

succor us in holy zeal for the things of God.

Our Lady of the Bells,

succor us in courage to be outspoken in the face of evil.

Our Lady of Great Power,

succor us in resisting tyranny.

Our Lady, Star of the Sea,

succor us in all our trials and coming tribulations.

Our Lady of Safety,

succor us in common sense and the nobility of simplicity.

Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy,

succor us in praying for holy and humble priests and bishops.

Our Lady of Ransom,

succor us in overcoming the deadly ideas of the politically correctness.

Our of the Sacred Heart,

succor us in thinking with the mind of Tradition.

Our Lady of the Assumption,

succor us in conquering concupiscence.

Our Lady of the Holy Cross,

succor us in making sacrifice for sinners.

Our Lady of Sorrows,

succor us in piety.

Our Lady of the Star,

  succor us in withstanding false gods.

Our Lady of Good Help,

succor us in pleading for the mercy of God.

Our Lady of Light,

succor us in the knowledge suitable for our state of life.

Our Lady of the Rosary,

succor us in true devotion to thee.

Our Lady of Life,

succor us defending the sanctity of human life whatever the price.

Our Lady of Peace,

succor us in our families that we be rendered unto the Holy Family.

Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and Earth,

succor us into eternity.

Our Lady of America,

succor us to covert our enemies.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R. And obtain for us our own conversion and that of our country.

What is Happening

Your Prayers are Greatly Needed for our Country and our Political System. 
Lord, all justice and all goodness comes from you; you hate evil and abhor lies. Lead us, your servants, in the path of
your justice, so that all who hope in you may rejoice with the Church and in Christ. (Divine Office)

The Words of St. Francis: To all magistrates and consuls, judges and governors all over the world…I ask you with whatever reverence I can that you do not let the cares and worries of this world cause you to forget God and turn from the path of his commandments..

 A Christian can never remain silent in the face of violence, poverty, hunger, corruption or abuse of power. – Pope Benedict XV

 Pope Francis takes a “Wait and See” attitude
Pope Francis adopted a “wait and see” attitude toward President Donald Trump, in a interview with the Spanish daily El Pais.
“I don’t like to get ahead of myself, or to judge people prematurely,” the Pope said regarding Trump. “We will see how he acts,
what he does, and then I will form an opinion.”

(This post and report will be updated from time to time because there are changes and revelations happening almost every day.)

1. Our President and his Administration: What Happened

  • “The March for Life”
  • Source: catholocculture.org and catholocculture.org/news/ January 27, 2017
    “Life is winning in America because of all of you,” Vice President Mike Pence told the youthful crowd [at the Annual March for Life in Washington]. His presence was a clear sign of White House support; no incumbent president or vice-president had ever before made a personal appearance at the March for Life. President Trump underlined that message on his Twitter account: “To all of you marching—you have my full support!”…

    Trump’s action fulfills a campaign promise to pro-life supporters. The executive order does not yet fulfill Trump’s promise to cut off all federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

  • “Mexico City policy”
  • The president’s executive order reinstates the “Mexico City policy” that was first adopted by President Reagan, blocking the flow of taxpayer money to organizations that use the funds for abortions. The policy was rescinded by President Clinton, reinstated by President Bush, and rescinded again by President Obama—all by executive orders issued soon after they took office.
    Trump’s memorandum reinstituting the policy directs top U.S. officials for the first time to extend the anti-abortion requirements “to global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies.”
    In 1976, Congressman Henry Hyde introduced a provision which prohibits any funds from Medicaid being used to pay for abortions. In the last 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has been renewed annually and has saved more than two million lives!
    This important legislation will make the Hyde Amendment permanent and will apply it across the federal government, not just to Medicaid. This will save even more innocent lives!

    Our tax dollars go to Planned Parenthood
    “It is deeply troubling to many Americans that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion network…receives more than half a billion taxpayer dollars per year,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. “This concern has rightly grown with revelations about Planned Parenthood’s willingness to traffic in fetal tissue from abortions.”

    Exposé: no prenatal care at Planned Parenthood, January 24, 2017 Source: catholocculture.org and catholocculture.org/news/
    Planned Parenthood officials frequently say that their clinics offer valuable prenatal care, [though] a new undercover survey finds that most Planned Parenthood clinics turn away women who ask for that help. Live Action,
    A pro-life group, recorded calls to dozens of Planned Parenthood clinics across the US. Of the 97 facilities contacted, only five offered any kind of prenatal help. In most cases, receptionists quickly told the caller that Planned Parenthood does not offer that sort of service.
    “Planned Parenthood offers abortions, so they don’t offer prenatal care,” said a typical clinic staffer.

    Note: Planned Parenthood coached staff to cover up child abuse, former employee discloses 1-18, 2017
    A former Planned Parenthood employee has said that the organization trained its counselors to skirt laws requiring them to report the sexual abuse of young girls.
    In 2011, an undercover investigation by the pro-life group Live Action found that Planned Parenthood abortion clinics made no effort to notify authorities when underage girls reported that they were sexually involved with older men. Following that episode, Planned Parenthood briefed employees on how to respond to such situations.
    Now Ramona Trevino, who once worked for Planned Parenthood, reports that the briefings were not designed to help protect young women. Instead, she said, employees were instructed on how to identify investigators.

    Report: Planned Parenthood didn’t report child sex trafficking to law enforcement as it claimed (Live Action)  

  • Defunding Planned Parenthood by the States
  • Before Obama left office, he pushed through a parting gift to Planned Parenthood. A rule that prevented states from having the ability to defund Planned Parenthood in their own states. 
    On Feb 19 the House passed a resolution to undo Obama’s rule and voted to overturn his parting gift–thanks to the leadership of pro-life Representative Diane Black and others. Now the resolution goes on to the Senate, and then to the desk of our new pro-life president, Donald Trump.

    President Donald Trump’s offer of federal funding
    New York Times By MAGGIE HABERMANMARCH 6, 2017
    US President Donald Trump suggested that he would work to preserve federal funding for Planned Parenthood if the group stopped performing abortions.

    Planned Parenthood—which is the largest abortion provider in the US—quickly rejected the offer. The group insists that federal funding, which amounts to about $500 million a year, is not used for abortion services. Nevertheless, the institution said that it would not accept an offer that required an end to performing abortions.

    Pray that the House and Senate will deliver a bill to President Trump’s desk that will stop the flow of our tax dollars ($1.5 MILLION dollars a day) to Planned Parenthood. 

  • Some Democrats are Trying to Influence and Change the Church’s Teaching about Abortion.
  • Nothing new. By Phil Lawler, Oct 12, 2016
    “We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good,” wrote John Podesta, the chairman of the Clinton campaign. He was responding to a supporter who had suggested a campaign to bring change within the Catholic Church, to “demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship.”
    A political campaign to change the teachings of the Church: is this unprecedented?
    Unfortunately, no. In this country, the desire to change the Church in order to advance the liberal agenda was on display more than 50 years ago:
    In July 1964, several liberal theologians received invitations to the Kennedy family compound in Hyannisport, Massachusetts, for a discussion of how a Catholic politician should handle the abortion issue. Notice now that abortion was not a major political issue in 1964. Ostensibly the meeting had been called to provide advice for Robert Kennedy, who was running for a New York Senate seat. But a candidate was not likely to face questions about abortion in 1964; the Kennedy planners had the more distant future in mind.
    From the Hyannisport meeting emerged the argument that a Catholic politician might be “personally” opposed to abortion, yet support its legalization: the flimsy argument that “pro-choice” Catholic politicians have so enthusiastically embraced. And it’s not a coincidence that one of the theologians who had attended the meeting helped form the pro-abortion front group, Catholics for Free Choice.
    So it’s an old story, really. But the full truth about the Hyannisport meeting didn’t emerge until 2008, with the publication of my book The Faithful Departed (from which the quote above is taken). With Wikileaks the truth has come out faster.

    2. Our President and his Administration: What is Happening.

    Illegals entering the southern boarder

  • Immigration:The President’s executive order on refugees and illegals entering the southern boarder
  • President said, during the campaign, he would build a wall along the Mexican border to halt the entry of illegal drugs and drug carriers from entering the United States.

    No preferential treatment for persecuted Christians in revised executive order
    March 08, 2017
    President Donald Trump’s revised executive order on refugees no longer offers preferential treatment for Christians and beleaguered religious minorities fleeing persecution.
    Father Benedict Kiely, who raised funds for persecuted Christians, told the National Catholic Register, “It may seem politically incorrect to prioritize a specific group or groups, however, given the lessons of history, I wonder what prioritization might have done in 1938 for the Jews of Europe?”
    “There’s a dire need for President Trump to issue a separate executive order—one specifically aimed to help the genocide survivors of ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” added Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom of the Hudson Institute.

  • Religious Freedom:
  • USCCB committee chairmen call on President Trump to protect religious liberty February 17, 2017
    Four bishops who chair committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have called upon President Donald Trump to enact religious-liberty protections.
    A draft executive order has been published in media outlets, but the order has not been signed.

    “Over the last several years, to our great dismay, the federal government has eroded this fundamental right, our first and most cherished freedom,” stated Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, Charles Chaput, Archbishop William Lori, and Bishop Frank Dewane.

    President Trump has pledged that his “administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land.” We urge the fulfillment of this promise, including an end to regulations and other mandates by the federal government that force people of faith to make impossible choices…

    It is indeed encouraging to hear that the President may be considering an Executive Order to implement strong protections for religious freedom across the federal government, in many of the areas where it has been eroded by the preceding Administration, such as health coverage, adoption, accreditation, tax exemption, and government grants and contracts. We ourselves, as well as those we shepherd and serve, would be most grateful if the President would take this positive step toward allowing all Americans to be able to practice their faith without severe penalties from the federal government.

    A draft of the proposed executive order was circulating among political activists in Washington, prompting enthusiasm from religious leaders and criticism from secular liberals. The sweeping document would:

    •Require all federal agencies to recognize that the free exercise of religion extends to all citizens, not only in houses of worship but in public conduct.

    •Ensure that the federal government does not take action against organizations because of their stands on issues such as same-sex marriage or gender ideology.

    •Instruct the relevant federal agencies to provide exemptions to the “Obamacare” mandate to all religious institutions that find the policies objectionable, and provide all citizens with health-care programs that do not subsidize abortion.

    •Define religious organizations to include any groups founded on religious principles—not only churches and charitable groups.

    •Order federal agencies to accommodate the religious beliefs and practices of employees “to the greatest extent practicable and permitted by law,” and forbid any adverse action against federal employees or contractors for religious stands they might take outside the scope of their federal work.
    Pornography laws:

  • Conscience Protection Act:
  • USCCB urges senators to support Conscience Protection Act
    The chairmen of two committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have called upon senators to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2017 (S. 301), sponsored by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)
    As of 3-15-2017 Conscience Protection Act has yet to pass the House.

  • Pornography laws
  • Attorney-general nominee Sessions promises tough enforcement of pornography laws.
    Catholic World News January 17, 2017
    Senator Jeff Sessions, who has been nominated – [and who now holds the office of Attorney General] told a Senate confirmation hearing that he would “vigorously” enforce federal laws against pornography. Sessions said that pornography laws “should continue to be effectively and vigorously prosecuted in the cases that are appropriate.” He said that he would consider restoring a special task force within the Justice Department to prosecute crimes involving pornography.

    We must pray earnestly for Senator Jeff Sessions to prosecute crimes involving pornography.

    3. The Democratic Party and the last administration under review by the Trump administration?

  • Obama’s LGBT policy
  • Obama’s Human Rights of LGBTI Persons
    Human Rights of LGBTI Persons February 17, 2017
    The Trump administration has decided not to eliminate the position of Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, a position created by the Obama administration in 2015.

    Executive Order 13672
    USCCB rues Trump’s decision to retain Obama’s LGBT executive order, February 03, 2017

    Note: The chairmen of two committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to leave in place a 2014 executive order on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment.

    Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore issued their statement a day before the president addressed the National Prayer Breakfast and pledged to protect religious liberty.

    “The new administration’s decision not to rescind Executive Order 13672 is troubling and disappointing,” the prelates said. “The Executive Order is deeply flawed, and its many problems are outlined in our statement from 2014 … In seeking to remedy instances of discrimination, it creates new forms of discrimination against people of faith.”

    Human Rights of LGBTI Persons February 17, 2017.
    Note: Pope Francis strongly criticizes transgender ideology August 04, 2016

    The Holy See Press Office has published the transcript of the meeting between Pope Francis and the bishops of Poland that took place during the Pope’s recent apostolic journey there.

    During the conversation, which took place on July 27, Pope Francis strongly criticized the teaching of transgender ideology to children.

    “In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa and some Asian countries we are seeing some real ideological colonizations,” he said. “And one of these, I’m going to say it outright, is gender.”

    “Today, children—children!—are told at school that they can choose their sex,” he continued. “Why are they taught this? Because the books are supplied by the people and institutions that give you the money. These are the ideological colonizations backed also by countries that wield a great deal of influence. And this is terrible.”

    Pope Francis added:
    Speaking with Benedict XVI, who is well and lucid, he told me: “Holiness, this is the age of sin against the Creator!: He is intelligent! God created man and woman; God made the world like this, like this, like this, and we are doing the exact opposite.”

    Note: A young girl who is unhappy as a girl surely does need sympathy, support, and loving care. But if she thinks of herself as a boy, she should not be encouraged in that delusion. A girl is a girl, and a boy is a boy, and neither medical procedures nor hormone injections can change that reality.

    We must pray earnestly to change this teaching in the schools.

    4. What has been done to try to disable this administration.

    The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church has released a statement protesting policies and appointments of President Trump’s administration. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)
    The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, has called upon its more than 1 million members in 39 countries, including the United States, to do all they can to see that a host of decisions and actions by the Trump administration, described by the bishops as “clearly demonic acts,” “do not last.” The bishops are calling for concerted grass-roots action, including bringing pressure on Congress.
    Those demonic acts are as stated in the Council of Bishops AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH Episcopal Statement January 31, 2017
    Bishops issue the following statement in response to the views and actions of President Donald Trump since his inauguration on January 20, 2017.
    The charges against Trump for demonic acts and spiritual wickedness,include:

    1.Trump Administration’s denial of climate change, the order for expediting reviews and approvals for infrastructure projects.

    2.In addition, support for the XL and Dakota pipelines, places profits above the importance of protecting the environment, and the health of citizens.

    3.President Trump claimed during the campaign that he would build a wall along the Mexican border to halt illegal immigration,

    We ask that every member of this denomination, and people who are committed to justice and righteousness, equality and truth, will join with us to thwart what are clearly demonic acts.

    We must do more than talk and write, we must act. Again, the Apostle says that “we wrestle”, not just talk, with spiritual wickedness.
     

    Protecting the Nation presidential Document: cont.

    Numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001, including foreign nationals who entered the United States after receiving visitor, student, or employment visas, or who entered through the United States refugee resettlement program. Deteriorating conditions in certain countries due to war, strife, disaster, and civil unrest increase the likelihood that terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States. The United States must be vigilant during the visa-issuance process to ensure that those approved for admission do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism.

    In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles. The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.

    Sec. 2. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to protect its citizens from foreign nationals who intend to commit terrorist attacks in the United States; and to prevent the admission of foreign nationals who intend to exploit United States immigration laws for malevolent purposes.

    Sec. 3. Suspension of Issuance of Visas and Other Immigration Benefits to Nationals of Countries of Particular Concern.

    (a) The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, shall immediately conduct a review to determine the information needed from any country to adjudicate any visa, admission, or other benefit under the INA (adjudications) in order to determine that the individual seeking the benefit is who the individual claims to be and is not a security or public-safety threat.

    (b) The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, shall submit to the President Start Printed Page 8978a report on the results of the review described in subsection (a) of this section, including the Secretary of Homeland Security’s determination of the information needed for adjudications and a list of countries that do not provide adequate information, within 30 days of the date of this order. The Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide a copy of the report to the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence.

    (c) To temporarily reduce investigative burdens on relevant agencies during the review period described in subsection (a) of this section, to ensure the proper review and maximum utilization of available resources for the screening of foreign nationals, and to ensure that adequate standards are established to prevent infiltration by foreign terrorists or criminals, pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order (excluding those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas).

    (d) Immediately upon receipt of the report described in subsection (b) of this section regarding the information needed for adjudications, the Secretary of State shall request all foreign governments that do not supply such information to start providing such information regarding their nationals within 60 days of notification.

    (e) After the 60-day period described in subsection (d) of this section expires, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall submit to the President a list of countries recommended for inclusion on a Presidential proclamation that would prohibit the entry of foreign nationals (excluding those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas) from countries that do not provide the information requested pursuant to subsection (d) of this section until compliance occurs.

    (f) At any point after submitting the list described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security may submit to the President the names of any additional countries recommended for similar treatment.

    (g) Notwithstanding a suspension pursuant to subsection (c) of this section or pursuant to a Presidential proclamation described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may, on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits to nationals of countries for which visas and benefits are otherwise blocked.

    (h) The Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall submit to the President a joint report on the progress in implementing this order within 30 days of the date of this order, a second report within 60 days of the date of this order, a third report within 90 days of the date of this order, and a fourth report within 120 days of the date of this order.

    Sec. 4. Implementing Uniform Screening Standards for All Immigration Programs. (a) The Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation shall implement a program, as part of the adjudication process for immigration benefits, to identify individuals seeking to enter the United States on a fraudulent basis with the intent to cause harm, or who are at risk of causing harm subsequent to their admission. This program will include the development of a uniform screening standard and procedure, such as in-person interviews; a database of identity documents proffered by applicants to ensure that duplicate documents are not Start Printed Page 8979used by multiple applicants; amended application forms that include questions aimed at identifying fraudulent answers and malicious intent; a mechanism to ensure that the applicant is who the applicant claims to be; a process to evaluate the applicant’s likelihood of becoming a positively contributing member of society and the applicant’s ability to make contributions to the national interest; and a mechanism to assess whether or not the applicant has the intent to commit criminal or terrorist acts after entering the United States.

    (b) The Secretary of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Secretary of State, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, shall submit to the President an initial report on the progress of this directive within 60 days of the date of this order, a second report within 100 days of the date of this order, and a third report within 200 days of the date of this order.

    Sec. 5. Realignment of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for Fiscal Year 2017. (a) The Secretary of State shall suspend the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days. During the 120-day period, the Secretary of State, in conjunction with the Secretary of Homeland Security and in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence, shall review the USRAP application and adjudication process to determine what additional procedures should be taken to ensure that those approved for refugee admission do not pose a threat to the security and welfare of the United States, and shall implement such additional procedures. Refugee applicants who are already in the USRAP process may be admitted upon the initiation and completion of these revised procedures. Upon the date that is 120 days after the date of this order, the Secretary of State shall resume USRAP admissions only for nationals of countries for which the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence have jointly determined that such additional procedures are adequate to ensure the security and welfare of the United States.

    (b) Upon the resumption of USRAP admissions, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, is further directed to make changes, to the extent permitted by law, to prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality. Where necessary and appropriate, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall recommend legislation to the President that would assist with such prioritization.

    (c) Pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry until such time as I have determined that sufficient changes have been made to the USRAP to ensure that admission of Syrian refugees is consistent with the national interest.

    (d) Pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the entry of more than 50,000 refugees in fiscal year 2017 would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and thus suspend any such entry until such time as I determine that additional admissions would be in the national interest.

    (e) Notwithstanding the temporary suspension imposed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may jointly determine to admit individuals to the United States as refugees on a case-by-case basis, in their discretion, but only so long as they determine that the admission of such individuals as refugees is in the national interest—including when the person is a religious minority in his country of nationality facing religious persecution, when admitting the person would enable the United States to conform its conduct to a preexisting international agreement, or when the person is already in transit and denying admission would cause undue hardship—and it would not pose a risk to the security or welfare of the United States.Start Printed Page 8980

    (f) The Secretary of State shall submit to the President an initial report on the progress of the directive in subsection (b) of this section regarding prioritization of claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution within 100 days of the date of this order and shall submit a second report within 200 days of the date of this order.

    (g) It is the policy of the executive branch that, to the extent permitted by law and as practicable, State and local jurisdictions be granted a role in the process of determining the placement or settlement in their jurisdictions of aliens eligible to be admitted to the United States as refugees. To that end, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall examine existing law to determine the extent to which, consistent with applicable law, State and local jurisdictions may have greater involvement in the process of determining the placement or resettlement of refugees in their jurisdictions, and shall devise a proposal to lawfully promote such involvement.

    Sec. 6. Rescission of Exercise of Authority Relating to the Terrorism Grounds of Inadmissibility. The Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall, in consultation with the Attorney General, consider rescinding the exercises of authority in section 212 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182, relating to the terrorism grounds of inadmissibility, as well as any related implementing memoranda.

    Sec. 7. Expedited Completion of the Biometric Entry-Exit Tracking System. (a) The Secretary of Homeland Security shall expedite the completion and implementation of a biometric entry-exit tracking system for all travelers to the United States, as recommended by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

    (b) The Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to the President periodic reports on the progress of the directive contained in subsection (a) of this section. The initial report shall be submitted within 100 days of the date of this order, a second report shall be submitted within 200 days of the date of this order, and a third report shall be submitted within 365 days of the date of this order. Further, the Secretary shall submit a report every 180 days thereafter until the system is fully deployed and operational.

    Sec. 8. Visa Interview Security. (a) The Secretary of State shall immediately suspend the Visa Interview Waiver Program and ensure compliance with section 222 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1202, which requires that all individuals seeking a nonimmigrant visa undergo an in-person interview, subject to specific statutory exceptions.

    (b) To the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary of State shall immediately expand the Consular Fellows Program, including by substantially increasing the number of Fellows, lengthening or making permanent the period of service, and making language training at the Foreign Service Institute available to Fellows for assignment to posts outside of their area of core linguistic ability, to ensure that non-immigrant visa-interview wait times are not unduly affected.

    Sec. 9. Visa Validity Reciprocity. The Secretary of State shall review all nonimmigrant visa reciprocity agreements to ensure that they are, with respect to each visa classification, truly reciprocal insofar as practicable with respect to validity period and fees, as required by sections 221(c) and 281 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1201(c) and 1351, and other treatment. If a country does not treat United States nationals seeking nonimmigrant visas in a reciprocal manner, the Secretary of State shall adjust the visa validity period, fee schedule, or other treatment to match the treatment of United States nationals by the foreign country, to the extent practicable.

    Sec. 10. Transparency and Data Collection. (a) To be more transparent with the American people, and to more effectively implement policies and practices that serve the national interest, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, shall, consistent

    with applicable law and national security, collect and make publicly available within 180 days, and every 180 days thereafter:Start Printed Page 8981

    (i) information regarding the number of foreign nationals in the United States who have been charged with terrorism-related offenses while in the United States; convicted of terrorism-related offenses while in the United States; or removed from the United States based on terrorism-related activity, affiliation, or material support to a terrorism-related organization, or any other national security reasons since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later; (ii) information regarding the number of foreign nationals in the United States who have been radicalized after entry into the United States and engaged in terrorism-related acts, or who have provided material support to terrorism-related organizations in countries that pose a threat to the United States, since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later; and (iii) information regarding the number and types of acts of gender-based violence against women, including honor killings, in the United States by foreign nationals, since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later; and (iv) any other information relevant to public safety and security as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Attorney General, including information on the immigration status of foreign nationals charged with major offenses.
    (b) The Secretary of State shall, within one year of the date of this order, provide a report on the estimated long-term costs of the USRAP at the Federal, State, and local levels.

    Sec. 11. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

    (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
    (b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.Start Printed Page 8982

    (c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

      THE WHITE HOUSE, January 27, 2017. Filed 1-31-17; 11:15 am]
    [FR Doc. 2017-02281

    Protecting the Nation: Presidential Document

    Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States. A Presidential Document by the Executive Office of the President on 02/01/2017

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:

    Section 1. Purpose. The visa-issuance process plays a crucial role in detecting individuals with terrorist ties and stopping them from entering the United States. Perhaps in no instance was that more apparent than the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when St VisualTextate Department policy prevented consular officers from properly scrutinizing the visa applications of several of the 19 foreign nationals who went on to murder nearly 3,000 Americans. And while the visa-issuance process was reviewed and amended after the September 11 attacks to better detect would-be terrorists from receiving visas, these measures did not stop attacks by foreign nationals who were admitted to the United States.

    To read the full document go to:Presidential Document: continued

    Pope: ‘Wait and see’ on Trump’s presidency

    ‘Wait and see’ on Trump’s presidency, Pope tells interviewer January 23, 2017

    Pope Francis adopted a “wait and see” attitude toward President Donald Trump, in a new interview with the Spanish daily El Pais.

    “I don’t like to get ahead of myself, or to judge people prematurely,” the Pope said regarding Trump. “We will see how he acts, what he does, and then I will form an opinion.”

    1. What has our President said and and what has his administration done?

    The March for Life”

  • “The March for Life”
    Source: catholocculture.org and catholocculture.org/news/ January 27, 2017
    “Life is winning in America because of all of you,” Vice President Mike Pence told the youthful crowd [at the Annual March for Life in Washington]. His presence was a clear sign of White House support; no incumbent president or vice-president had ever before made a personal appearance at the March for Life. President Trump underlined that message on his Twitter account: “To all of you marching—you have my full support!”…

    Trump’s action fulfills a campaign promise to pro-life supporters. The executive order does not yet fulfill Trump’s promise to cut off all federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

    Planned Parenthood
    “It is deeply troubling to many Americans that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion network…receives more than half a billion taxpayer dollars per year,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. “This concern has rightly grown with revelations about Planned Parenthood’s willingness to traffic in fetal tissue from abortions.”

    Note:New exposé: no prenatal care at Planned Parenthood, January 24, 2017
    Source: catholocculture.org and catholocculture.org/news/

    Planned Parenthood officials frequently say that their clinics offer valuable prenatal care, a new undercover survey finds that most Planned Parenthood clinics turn away women who ask for that help.

    Live Action, a pro-life group, recorded calls to dozens of Planned Parenthood clinics across the US. Of the 97 facilities contacted, only five offered any kind of prenatal help. In most cases, receptionists quickly told the caller that Planned Parenthood does not offer that sort of service.
    “Planned Parenthood offers abortions, so they don’t offer prenatal care,” said a typical clinic staffer.

    Continue to pray for cutting federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

    Banned federal funds

  • The President has banned federal funds to provide and promote abortion
    Source: catholocculture.org and catholocculture.org/news/ January 27, 2017
    President Donald Trump has massively expanded the ban on providing federal money to international groups that perform abortions, or provide abortion information, to all organizations receiving U.S. global health assistance.

    Let us pray, a prayer of thanksgiving, that we will no longer provide federal money to international groups that perform abortions, or information, to all organizations receiving U.S. global health assistance.

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted to permanently ban all taxpayer funding of abortion.
    Source: “The Hill”

  • Mexico City policy

    Note:The executive order reinstates the “Mexico City policy” that was first adopted by President Reagan, blocking the flow of taxpayer money to organizations that use the funds for abortions. The policy was rescinded by President Clinton, reinstated by President Bush, and rescinded again by President Obama—all by executive orders issued soon after they took office.

    Note:Trump’s memorandum reinstituting the policy directs top U.S. officials for the first time to extend the anti-abortion requirements “to global health assistance furnished by all departments or agencies.”

    In 1976, Congressman Henry Hyde introduced a provision which prohibits any funds from Medicaid being used to pay for abortions. In the last 40 years, the Hyde Amendment has been renewed annually and has saved more than two million lives!

    This important legislation will make the Hyde Amendment permanent and will apply it across the federal government, not just to Medicaid. This will save even more innocent lives!

    Obama’s LGBT
    Human Rights of LGBTI Persons February 17, 2017
    The Trump administration has decided not to eliminate the position of Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, a position created by the Obama administration in 2015.

  • Executive Order 13672-sexual orientation
    USCCB rues Trump’s decision to retain Obama’s LGBT executive order
    February 03, 2017
    Note:The chairmen of two committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to leave in place a 2014 executive order on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment.

    Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore issued their statement a day before the president addressed the National Prayer Breakfast and pledged to protect religious liberty.

    “The new administration’s decision not to rescind Executive Order 13672 is troubling and disappointing,” the prelates said. “The Executive Order is deeply flawed, and its many problems are outlined in our statement from 2014 … In seeking to remedy instances of discrimination, it creates new forms of discrimination against people of faith.”

    Human Rights of LGBTI Persons February 17, 2017
    The Trump administration has decided not to eliminate the position of Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons, a position created by the Obama administration in 2015.

    Comment: Posted by: Randal Mandock – 2-4-17 4:47 AM ET USA “These two prelates don’t blow smoke. Trump should pay attention to them.”

    reader’s comment
    Between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand we have the dignity of the human person, but on the other we have behavior detestable to God. Difficult to reconcile in a pluralistic world.
    “Wait and See” and Pray for the rescinding of Executive Order 13672.

  • Religious liberty
  • USCCB committee chairmen call on President Trump to protect religious liberty
    February 17, 2017
    Four bishops who chair committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have called upon President Donald Trump to enact religious-liberty protections.

    A draft executive order has been published in media outlets, but the order has not been signed.

    “Over the last several years, to our great dismay, the federal government has eroded this fundamental right, our first and most cherished freedom,” stated Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, Charles Chaput, Archbishop William Lori, and Bishop Frank Dewane.

    They added:

    President Trump has pledged that his “administration will do everything in its power to defend and protect religious liberty in our land.” We urge the fulfillment of this promise, including an end to regulations and other mandates by the federal government that force people of faith to make impossible choices…

    It is indeed encouraging to hear that the President may be considering an Executive Order to implement strong protections for religious freedom across the federal government, in many of the areas where it has been eroded by the preceding Administration, such as health coverage, adoption, accreditation, tax exemption, and government grants and contracts. We ourselves, as well as those we shepherd and serve, would be most grateful if the President would take this positive step toward allowing all Americans to be able to practice their faith without severe penalties from the federal government.

  • Immigration
  • Immigration and the President’s “Protect the Nation” Document”
    Immigration and the President’s “Protect the Nation” Document”