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Pope Invokes Compassion Following Death of Israeli Teens
Last edited 1st July 2014

Pope Francis said he shared the "indescribable pain” of the families of three Israeli teens killed in the West Bank, as well as all the "pain of all people stricken by the consequences of hatred.” He also asked God "to inspire in all thoughts of compassion and peace.” The three students, Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel, disappeared on June 12 as they hitchhiked in the southern portion of the West Bank. The Israeli Army found their bodies on Monday, June 30, near the city of Hebron.

Bad Biology, Bad Policy in the Hobby Lobby Reactions
Last edited 1st July 2014

In the aftermath of the Hobby Lobby decision, feminists have complained that the Supreme Court has made it impossible for women to control their own fertility. Am I missing something?

Conflict in Iraq and Syria: Pray for Peace
Last edited 2nd July 2014

The extremist Sunni insurgency that has captured territory in Iraq and Syria has declared itself an Islamic "caliphate" and called on factions worldwide to pledge their allegiance. The move is an expansion of the group's ambitions to wage a holy war and pose a direct challenge to the central leadership of Al Qaeda, which has already disowned it.


Looking for a Secure Future The Plight of Trafficked Persons and Refugees
Last edited 2nd July 2014

People should not be treated as pawns on the chessboard of humanity, said Pope Francis last year in a message published August 5 on the theme of refugees. Unfortunately this is what so often happens, as the latest Global Trends report published by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) pointed out. The June 20 report said that there are currently more than 50 million people who have been forced to flee their homes, including around 9 million in Syria alone.

Pope Francis Calls for Dialogue to Avoid War in Iraq
Last edited 30th June 2014

Pope Francis expressed his concern for the situation in Iraq, where ISIS militants sparked a conflict leaving thousands of victims so far.


Supreme Court upholds Religious Freedom for Hobby Lobby
Last edited 2nd July 2014

On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby and similar employers cannot be forced to comply with the federal contraception mandate against their religious beliefs. In a 5-4 decision, the court ruled that the federal government had failed to prove that the mandate was the least restrictive means of advancing its goal of providing free birth control to women.

There Are No ‘Gay’ People
Last edited 26th June 2014

While the evolution of language has, with technology, become all the more rapid, language remains one of the most vital tools underpinning a society. It is language that shapes reality for the members of a society, allowing us to attach meanings to things. Words convey reality and the better a language is used, the more precisely concepts can be understood. Inversely, the poor use of language can misinform a person or a whole society, about a particular truth.

Irish Government Finalises Terms of Inquiry into Mother-Baby Homes
Last edited 26th June 2014

The Irish government is finalizing the parameters of a judicial inquiry into church-run state-funded mother and baby homes. The inquiry comes amid increased disquiet about some of the reporting of the original story of St. Mary's Home in Tuam, run by the Bon Secours congregation of nuns.

Nigerian Bishops Speak Out as Boko Haram Kidnap More Girls
Last edited 25th June 2014

The bishops of Nigeria have criticised the government's corruption and lack of administration in the wake of the Boko Haram kidnapping another 60 Nigerian girls.


Boko Haram Kidnaps 60 More Women and Girls in Nigeria
Last edited 24th June 2014

Notorious terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped another 60 young women and girls from a small town in northern Nigeria. During their latest assault, reports indicate they may have also kidnapped 30 young men and killed others.

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