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How long will Israel let its churches and mosques burn?


"Till when will Israel let its churches and mosques be burnt?" asked the editors of Haaretz, the English-language Israeli daily, on June 21. Their hard-hitting editorial was responding to the torching of one of the most famous Catholic churches in the Holy Land, the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish at Tabgha, near Tiberias in northern Israel.

PBS docudrama '1913: Seeds of Conflict' deftly delves into Middle East drama


"1913: Seeds of Conflict"
9 p.m. Eastern, Tuesday, June 30 (Check local listings)

The comprehensive and compact docudrama "1913: Seeds of Conflict" reveals little-known facts that conflated to become what writer/director Ben Loeterman proposes as the root causes for today's ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Democracy? Possibly. Politics? Definitely


Americans seem downright proud of their scorn for politics. It's all rot, they're all crooks, the fix is in. For many Catholics, the church's politics is the business of clerics and in essence the same. Power grabs, jockeying for promotion, money deals and all the rest. In both camps, the message is similar: politics corrupts so I'm steering clear of it.

So we settle for ignorance, control by special interests and money, and are less than likely to vote for anyone.

Global economic system shows signs of weakness; Greek creditors have 'criminal responsibility'


Once again, the global economic system — one of Pope Francis’ favorite topics of discussion and criticism — is displaying signs of core fragility. 

“A sudden deterioration in Greece’s debt crisis shook global markets Monday,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

Francis creates secretariat to elevate, consolidate Vatican communications


Pope Francis has consolidated and elevated the level of importance of the Vatican's different communications enterprises, creating a new high-level Secretariat for Communications tasked with carrying out work before undertaken by nine separate offices.

The new secretariat becomes only the third of its type at the highest levels of the Vatican bureaucracy, joining church departments that oversee foreign and internal relations and economic matters in importance.

Constitutional blocks in Myanmar impede Aung San Suu Kyi’s presidential pursuit


 The military lock on the government of Burma, now known as Myanmar, continues. According to the Associated Press, the country’s pariliment voted Thursday against several constitutional amendments aimed at ending the military’s veto power and allowing opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi a shot at the presidency.

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