NEWS OF THE WEEK

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December 12, 2014 | Comments

This week many faith groups expressed outrage at the findings of a U.S. Senate report that accused the CIA of torturing terrorism suspects in the years following 9/11. The report was the result of a nearly six-year investigation. The National … More

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December 12, 2014 | Comments

Protests continue across the nation in the wake of grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York not to indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed African Americans. Religious groups have played a key role in many of … More

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December 12, 2014 | Comments

In Washington this week, civil rights activists and faith leaders launched a new campaign to end the death penalty. The project is called “90 Million Strong.” The group said capital punishment is a broken system and that it disproportionately affects … More

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December 12, 2014 | Comments

In his annual message for the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis called for a new movement to end human trafficking. With Christmas approaching, he urged consumers to avoid buying products from companies that use exploited labor, saying “purchasing is … More

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December 12, 2014 | Comments

After a successful social media fundraising campaign, the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) resumed distribution of food vouchers to Syrian refugees. The program was suspended last week because donors had not fulfilled their funding commitments. Through the vouchers, WFP feeds … More

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December 12, 2014 | Comments

Time magazine this week named those on the frontlines of the Ebola fight as their “Person of the Year.” Five individuals were featured, including Dr. Kent Brantly, an American Christian missionary who was infected in Liberia. After making a full … More

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December 5, 2014 | Comments

Religious groups were among those condemning a New York grand Jury decision this week not to bring charges against a white police officer for the death of an unarmed African-American man. The police were trying to arrest Eric Garner for … More

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December 5, 2014 | Comments

The UN’s World Food Program (WFP) this week was forced to suspend food aid for 1.7 million Syrian refugees. The agency said it had to take that action because international donors had failed to meet their funding commitments. WFP has … More

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December 5, 2014 | Comments

During his visit to Turkey last week (November 28-30), Pope Francis denounced what he called the “degrading conditions in which so many refugees are forced to live.” He met with nearly 100 young Syrians and Iraqis in Istanbul and urged … More

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December 5, 2014 | Comments

In the US, as the number of states allowing same-sex marriage continues to grow, a new study says that roughly half of Americans now favor splitting civil marriage from religious marriage. According to Lifeway Research, 49 percent of respondents agreed … More