Thursday, MARCH 10, 2016 The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Greensburg Volume 55, No. 20 MARY SEAMANS THE CATHOLIC ACCENT FEEDING THE HUNGRY: Volunteers Marie Cardella and John Dutkowich fill boxes for recipients at the Our Lady of Grace Parish food pantry, Greensburg. Feeding the hungry is one of the corporal works of mercy. Coverage of the Year of Mercy continues on pages 3-5. Maronite bishop calls for clarity, charity in Middle East By Jerry Zufelt Editor GREENSBURG — “We have to call this what it is. It’s genocide,” Maronite Bishop Gregory J. Mansour said about the evil being perpetrated in the Middle East. He also told the nearly 250 people who attended the Year of Mercy lecture March 1 at the Bishop Connare Center that the best way they can help the vic-tims of the violence in the Middle East is to pray for them and support the relief efforts of Catholic organizations that are helping to care for refugees there. Bishop Mansour, who makes 2-3 trips a year to the Middle East in his roles with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services, bowed to the Eucharist before begin-ning his lecture about the plight of Christian and other communities in the violence-plagued Middle East. “I speak to you not as a scholar or expert; I talk with you as a Christian,” he said, then described the “amazing con-tributions” of Christian communities in Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan. “You can be proud of our (Christian) brothers and sisters who stand with their Muslim brothers and sisters,” he said. “This is not Muslims against Chris-tians.” Caritas Jordan and Caritas Lebanon (the Catholic Church’s relief agencies in those countries) have a combined total of 800 full-time employees and approx-imately 6,000 volunteers who serve refugees, most of whom are Muslim, according to Bishop Mansour. ISIS, Boko Haram, al Shabab, the Tali-ban and al Qaeda are evil groups, “crim-inal gangs hiding behind Islam,” who are wreaking havoc in Muslim communities as well as Christian communities, Bish-op Mansour said. “This is genocide,” he said. “That is the strongest possible word, not just crimes against humanity, not war crimes. And we need to treat anyone who cooperates with them as criminals.” Continued on page 3 HOW TO HELP • Call your representatives in Congress and ask them to support efforts to label violence in the Middle East “genocide.” For information, visit www.kofc.org. • Support the efforts of Catholic Relief Services. For information, visit www.crs.org. INSIDE THIS ISSUE PAGE 6 Bishop Malesic releases letter about state Grand Jury Report on the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. PAGE 10 Local Felician sister reminisces about her days in Italy near St. John Paul II.