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Catastrophe in Iraq

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It’s one of those weekends. Can’t get my mind off Iraq and the decade-long tragedy. We seem to be in or nearing the denouement.  And it’s all quite awful.  Internet news sites and blogs today are filled of gruesome reports and a series of photos showing masked fighters of the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) loading captives onto flatbed trucks and forcing them to lie face-down in a shallow ditch with arms tied behind their backs.  Men with machine guns are then seen standing along side the ditch. The last photos show dead bodies soaked in blood after being shot.

Rome to Geneva: the Ecumenical Road Not Traveled

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I couldn't help noticing that the pope's two principal guests at his recent prayer meeting were both what are popularly called "nones," the Pew survey category for those who don't belong to established religions. The sizeable jump in those numbers in the United States has many church growth people squirming. Beyond the borders, Simon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas can be added to the list.

San Francisco archbishop under fire for plan to speak at March for Marriage

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San Francisco public officials and many religious leaders are angry -- very angry -- at the plans announced by Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone. He is listed as a speaker at the June 19 March for Marriage in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and the Family Research Council, two groups that have taken some of the most hostile stances against same-sex marriage and LGBT people generally.

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