NEWS OF THE WEEK

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April 29, 2016 | Comments

The tentative ceasefire in Syria has all but fallen apart. Weeks of increasing violence culminated with airstrikes and the destruction of a hospital in Aleppo affiliated with the medical charity Doctors Without Borders, killing dozens of people. Among the dead … More

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April 29, 2016 | Comments

The Vatican hosted its third conference on stem cell research this week. The Catholic Church objects to the use of embryos for stem cell research but supports the use of adult stem cells. Vice President Joe Biden was among the … More

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April 29, 2016 | Comments

Pope Francis has given sixteen teenagers the unexpected opportunity to confess their sins. Youths ranging in age from 13 to 16 sat face-to-face with the pontiff in St. Peter’s Square. The pope spent more than an hour with them. The … More

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April 29, 2016 | Comments

Governor Bill Haslam of Tennessee has signed a bill that allows mental health counselors in private practice to turn away gay patients. Under the new law, therapists are allowed to justify their refusal to treat patients by citing their religious … More

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April 29, 2016 | Comments

There was more religion-related controversy on the campaign trail this week. Interfaith and Muslim groups are criticizing Republican frontrunner Donald Trump for remarks in his foreign policy speech about immigrants and refugees.
Donald Trump: “We must stop importing extremism through senseless … More

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April 29, 2016 | Comments

Sunday, May 1st, is Easter or Pascha for the world’s Eastern Orthodox Christians. Like Western Easter, Pascha celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.
Also on our calendar, Jews around the world commemorate Yom Ha Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, May 5th. At a … More

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April 22, 2016 | Comments

The global refugee crisis took yet another tragic turn this week. United Nations officials say as many as 500 migrants trying to reach Europe may have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Survivors said their ship sank after human traffickers tried … More

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April 22, 2016 | Comments

Pope Francis issued an apology to refugees for what he called “the closure and indifference of our societies.” He has repeatedly urged nations and churches to take in migrants and refugees. Last week (April 16) he followed his own advice, … More

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April 22, 2016 | Comments

Last weekend’s massive earthquake in Ecuador has killed more than 500 people and injured more than 2,500. Pope Francis said his prayers are with the victims of the tragedy. Meanwhile, US faith-based humanitarian relief agencies are on the ground. World … More

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April 22, 2016 | Comments

Hundreds of immigration advocates, many from religious groups, marched outside the Supreme Court Monday (April 18) as the justices heard a challenge to President Obama’s plan that would shield millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. The suit objecting to the … More