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Whither the Middle East?

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Authors' note: This blog post is part two of a two-part series. Read part one: "A Middle Eastern House of Cards."

Great uncertainty hovers over discussions of the shape of the new order that will emerge from the violence and chaos sweeping through the Middle East today. The old order, unnaturally born from the Sykes-Picot Agreement 100 years ago, is coming to an end, dealt a death blow by the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, and alternative visions for the region have proved misguided.

Jesuit John Lo Schiavo, former University of San Francisco president, dies

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One of the most dynamic and iconic leaders of the University of San Francisco, Jesuit Fr. John Lo Schiavo, 90, died May 15 at Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif.

During his tenure as the school’s president, 1977-1991, Lo Schiavo shored up shaky finances, spearheaded capital improvement projects, oversaw acquisition of the current Lone Mountain campus, and helped initiate several programs of study.

In 2013, the school’s John J. Lo Schiavo SJ Center for Science and Innovation was dedicated.

Brooklyn Catholic Charities unit is losing millions, looks to transfer clients

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According to a Crain's New York Business story, the Brooklyn diocese's Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, a unit of the diocese's Catholic Charities that serves the developmentally disabled population, has lost $13 million since 2010. This deficit places the entire Catholic Charities organization at financial risk, according to the not-for-profit's chief financial officer.

Nuclear disarmament is imperative, US bishop stresses

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"It is imperative the world move systematically and relentlessly toward nuclear disarmament," Bishop Oscar Cantu, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, wrote in a May 12 letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

"For most Americans, there is an assumption that the nuclear threat receded with the end of the Cold War," he wrote. "Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth."

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