NEWS OF THE WEEK

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December 2, 2016 | Comments

US Muslim leaders are strongly condemning this week’s attack at Ohio State University, where nearly a dozen people were injured. The attacker was killed by university police. He was identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, who was born in Somalia … More

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December 2, 2016 | Comments

The Southern Poverty Law Center this week released a report documenting a sharp rise in hate incidents in the immediate wake of the election. The main targets were Muslims, immigrants, and African Americans. The group called on the president-elect to … More

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December 2, 2016 | Comments

A diverse coalition of clergy is urging President Obama before he leaves office to issue pardons to nonviolent prisoners with low-level drug offenses and to undocumented immigrants. In addition, the group is calling on city officials around the nation to … More

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December 2, 2016 | Comments

More than 70 presidents of Catholic colleges and universities signed a statement supporting students who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. The program was established through executive order by President Obama. It protects young … More

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December 2, 2016 | Comments

One year ago this month, world leaders gathered in Paris to sign an agreement pledging to curb global warming. This week, Pope Francis took them to task for not doing enough to follow through on it. Prominent scientists, including physicist … More

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December 2, 2016 | Comments

December 6 is St. Nicholas Day, which honors the early Christian saint who many believe was the inspiration for Santa Claus.
On December 8 Buddhists observe Bodhi Day, commemorating the day Buddha found enlightenment, according to tradition, while sitting under a … More

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November 23, 2016 | Comments

Donald Trump and Mike Pence began this Thanksgiving week by visiting a Presbyterian Church in New Jersey. Media members weren’t allowed inside. The two also continued interviewing candidates for administration posts. This week, some prominent religious groups raised new concerns. … More

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November 23, 2016 | Comments

This week (November 21), the Holocaust Memorial Museum condemned what it called hateful rhetoric at a white nationalist conference in Washington just a few blocks from the museum. The museum’s statement noted “the Holocaust did not begin with killings, it … More

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November 23, 2016 | Comments

A new report from the Christian anti-hunger group Bread for the World says conflicts, climate change, and corrupt governments are major factors in sustaining extreme poverty around the world. The report says by the year 2030, two-thirds of the … More

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November 23, 2016 | Comments

The conflicts in Syria and Iraq continue to raise urgent humanitarian concerns. The UN said the number of Syrians living in besieged areas has now risen to one million. That’s double the number from a year ago. More hospitals in … More