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St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese slashes budget 20%


I missed this story in Morning Briefing, but thought NCR readers would like to see it.

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis this weekend announced 20 percent in spending cuts, which is about $5 million worth of reductions in jobs and programs.

"Even without including unanticipated legal and other outside professional fees, our current operational budget is unsustainable," says the archdiocese's vicar general.

Korean parliament passes Sewol ferry bills


Nearly seven months after the Sewol ferry capsized and sank off the Korean peninsula killing more than 300 passengers, South Korea's parliament passed a bill Nov. 8 to set up an inquiry into the disaster, seeming to accede to a central demand of grieving victims’ families.

The bill calls for the appointment of an independent counsel and a 17-member panel to conduct an 18-month inquiry to bring charges against those responsible for the disaster. The panel will include three members drawn from the families of victims.


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