NEWS OF THE WEEK

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January 19, 2017 | Comments

As Donald Trump takes office, there are sharp divisions among religious groups. Some people of faith are welcoming his presidency and looking forward to more conservative policies being advanced. But others are raising concerns about Trump, his appointments, and his … More

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January 19, 2017 | Comments

At the Vatican, Pope Francis welcomed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas officially opened the Palestinian embassy in Vatican City. The Palestinian leader also warned that prospects for peace in the Middle East will suffer if Trump keeps his promise to … More

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January 19, 2017 | Comments

The United Nations has issued another emergency humanitarian appeal for Syria. The group demanded that relief workers be allowed inside besieged areas where an estimated 700,000 civilians, about half of them children, are still living without sufficient access to food … More

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January 19, 2017 | Comments

The Nigerian government mistakenly bombed a refugee camp this week, killing more than 70 people and injuring more than 100. The Nigerian fighter jet had been searching for members of the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram. The causalities included aid … More

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January 19, 2017 | Comments

President Obama this week designated a new national monument in honor of the civil rights movement. Obama said several landmarks in Alabama were all part of the new Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. The landmarks include Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, … More

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January 19, 2017 | Comments

Friday (January 27) is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a memorial day declared by the United Nations that commemorates the millions of victims of the Holocaust.

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January 13, 2017 | Comments

Confirmation hearings for Donald Trump’s cabinet picks began this week. Senator Jeff Sessions, Trump’s choice for attorney general, was the first to testify. Although Sessions denounced an outright ban on Muslims entering the US, he reiterated Trump’s call for a … More

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January 13, 2017 | Comments

Obama also gave his farewell speech as president of the United States this week (January 10). He spoke of his faith in democracy and urged everyday Americans to continue to take part in the political process:
President Barack Obama: “I do … More

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January 13, 2017 | Comments

At the Vatican, a controversy seems to have been solved. McDonald’s had opened a restaurant near the Vatican that several cardinals complained was too near St. Peter’s Basilica. There was a discussion, and McDonald’s announced this week that it will … More

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January 13, 2017 | Comments

The United Nations announced that more migrants were killed crossing the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in 2016 than ever before. More than 363,000 people crossed the sea in 2016. But an estimated 5,000 died in the crossing. UN officials called … More