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The Onondaga County/ Syracuse Human Rights Commission honored International Human Rights Day with speakers at All Saints  Roman Catholic Church that reminded people of violence and discrimination faced by LGBTQ community members, those with disabilities, and people who've immigrated or resettled here from other countries.  Commission Executive Director Barrie Gewanter noted human rights day came out of the International Declaration of human rights adopted in 1948.  

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Four Syracuse-area churches are joining together to open their doors to undocumented immigrants and refugees who fear federal immigration actions.  Father Fred Daley of All Saints Roman Catholic Church says policy changes have not been made to help immigrants, regardless of their status.  He also blames Washington with spreading false fears and stereotypes.

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More than a dozen Syracuse-area parishioners are spending this week in Nicaragua to help combat maternal mortality and support infant health.  Since the early 1990's, parishioners have been providing money and supplies to the Health Care Ministry in the in the Villanueva community.  Charles Clinton, one of the group’s leaders, notes how important the trip is to the community.

"You would see on the walls of the program center photographs of people from previous trips," Clinton said.  "They're in their memories, and definitely in their spirits."

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  About 50 people gathered at a parish on Syracuse’s east side today to watch…then discuss what Pope Francis had to say to a joint session of Congress.  He spoke frankly on issues that resonated with the audience at All Saints Church…ranging from responding humanely to poverty and the refugee crisis…to abolishing the death penalty and addressing the environmental damage caused by climate change.  

Scroll down for the full text of Pope Francis' address.

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable members of Congress, dear friends: