NEWS OF THE WEEK

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January 30, 2015 | Comments

During a visit to India this week (January 25-27), President Obama issued a strong plea for religious freedom and human dignity. Religious minorities, poor people, and women in many areas of India have faced persistent harassment and violence. The president … More

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January 30, 2015 | Comments

As violence escalated again between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists, religious groups around the world renewed calls for peace. At the Vatican, Pope Francis offered prayers about the situation and urged that dialogue be resumed. Also this week, the Vatican held … More

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January 30, 2015 | Comments

In Utah, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons, announced their support for statewide laws that protect gay rights, including equal access to housing and employment. However, Mormon officials said such laws must respect the religious rights … More

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January 30, 2015 | Comments

A study http://www.sikhcampaign.org/report made public this week confirms that most Americans don’t know much about Sikhs, even though they make up the fifth largest organized religion in the world. The National Sikh Campaign and Hart Research Associates said more than … More

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January 30, 2015 | Comments

The Church of England this week consecrated the first female bishop in its 500-year history. Libby Lane became the eighth Bishop of Stockport in a service at York Minster. After years of debate, last November the Church of England voted … More

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January 30, 2015 | Comments

Noted theologian Father Richard McBrien died this week (January 25). He was 78 years old. McBrien taught for more than three decades at the University of Notre Dame. He was a popular writer, sometimes controversial, and reached a wide audience … More

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January 30, 2015 | Comments

The Jewish holiday of Tu B’Shevat, the festival celebrating a new year for trees, is Wednesday, February 4.
Memorial services were held in many places around the world in honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration … More

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January 23, 2015 | Comments

President Obama outlined his vision for the nation in this week’s State of the Union address. Much of the speech focused on proposals to help working class families and what the president called “middle-class economics.” He also highlighted a host … More

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January 23, 2015 | Comments

Tens of thousands of Americans came to Washington this week (January 22) for the annual March for Life. The weather was unusually mild, but this year’s event was clouded by a new political controversy. Abortion opponents were upset after Republican … More

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January 23, 2015 | Comments

The US Supreme Court unanimously sided with a Muslim prison inmate in Arkansas who had sued for the religious right to wear a short beard. The court said that Arkansas prison officials failed to show that the inmate’s beard was … More