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Why are we using an old English translation of the Bible?
Published on 31 Jan 2019 at 11:45PM by Matthew Handley.

Why are we using an old English translation of the Bible? We are using the Catholic Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition of the Bible because it is in the public domain. Most modern Bible translations are copyrighted. “Publishers retain rights to their translations because producing a Bible translation is an enormously extensive (and expensive) project. A single translation can represent years of work by hundreds of scholars, theologians, and editors, all of whom need to be reimbursed for their work. By retaining their copyright to the translation and asking you to respect that copyright, publishers are able to pay their translators and ensure continued translation work” (from We have chosen to use the Douay-Rheims because it is a Church approved translation of the Bible with the apocrypha. The Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition is published by the John Murphy Company of Balitmore, Maryland.

Wake Forest

Capital Boulevard freeway delayed 
13 February 2019 from the Wake Forest Gazette.

Monday Mayor Vivian Jones confirmed that construction to change Capital Boulevard (U.S. 1) into a six-lane, controlled-access freeway has been delayed until 2024. As late as the past October, the North Carolina Department of Transportation was holding meetings to discuss the plan with construction scheduled to begin in 2021.

The reason? Rising costs. “Yes, it is true that the construction has been pushed back to 2024 due to lack of funds. The projects being constructed now have increased in cost so much that the department has had to delay future projects,” Jones wrote in an email. “I understand that the right of way and design work will continue and if they can find funding, the project could happen earlier. This pushback is just simply to let people know that there is a strong possibility the construction will not start until 2024.”

Jones continued in her email, “I am extremely disappointed and I have been and will continue to speak with everyone I believe can make a difference to get this project back on track. The original schedule was too late. Capital Blvd. has been identified as one of the busiest highways in the Triangle for years. I know that Secretary Trogdon and all the NCDOT folks are trying very hard to make this project happen as soon as they can.”

The mayor is right in saying Capital Boulevard has long been identified as one of the Triangle’s busiest roads and in saying the original schedule – construction beginning in 2021 – was too late.

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Diocese of Raleigh

Catholic Charities Immigration Program in action
11 February 2019.

In recent days, the phone has not stopped ringing for Consuelo Kwee, Director of Immigration Services of Catholic Charities in Raleigh. Since February 5, when a series of posts on social networks warned about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activity at the Bear Creek factory in Sanford, many immigrants have been panicked, Kwee shared. She oversees the Catholic Charities immigration staff, accredited by the Department of Justice (DOJ), who are serving the community, and they have heard from many fearful families.

“The agents had a list of the people they were looking for,” said a woman who was at the Bear Creek factory. She was a participant in an information forum on February 6 at St. Stephen the Martyr Catholic Church, where family members were arrested for not having legal identification or for carrying false identities.

According to ICE spokesman Bryan Cox, 200 immigrants have been detained, many of them with a criminal record. Cox stated that ICE is active on the streets of North Carolina. “ICE makes selective arrests on a daily basis, and we have multiple offices in North Carolina.”

In recent days there have been raids in Charlotte, Burlington, Sanford, Durham, and Wake County. Consuelo, who was visiting a neighborhood in Burlington where ICE was present, shared that many Latino stores were closed due to fear of detainment or being stopped by immigration enforcement officials, and many streets were desolate due to fear of more raids.

Unfortunately, many immigrant families lack enough resources to pay a lawyer for immigration services or do not know how to navigate the legal system. In days of uncertainty, the work of the Catholic Charities Immigration program of the Diocese of Raleigh has increased.

“We offer immigration assistance to help communities in the 54 eastern counties of North Carolina, from Alamance to the coast,” said Kwee, who has been serving the Hispanic immigrant community for two decades.

The cost for the first appointment is $50, however, if there is a family that cannot pay the fee, a financial subsidy to cover the session may be available. The program works with specialists whose accreditation by the DOJ allows them to advise people in procedures and immigration processes.

Among the services offered are: migratory diagnoses so that immigrants learn their legal options, services on family petitions, adjustment of status, citizenship, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and U visas for victims of serious crimes.

Legal Immigration Services

For more information, contact your nearest city according to your address by calling:

  • Burlington: 336-222-6868.
  • Durham: 919-286-1964.
  • Fayetteville: 910-424-2020, extension 24.
  • Greenville: 252-355-5111, extension 203.
  • Raleigh: 919-861-7441.
  • Shallotte: 910-616-2105.
  • Wilmington: 910-251-8130, extension 116
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