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Situation in Middle East a 'powder keg'

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My friend Michael La Civita, who is the communications director for Catholic Near East Welfare Association and who oversees the publication of its award-winning magazine, ONE, has written an essay over at Our Sunday Visitor about the dire condition of the Middle East. He notes that the presence of Christians is a necessary ingredient to long-term peace in that region of the world. It's worth the read.

Petition to reinstate fired KC pantry director met by security guards

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A group seeking to deliver a petition to Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., Bishop Robert Finn on behalf of a fired gay foot pantry coordinator met resistance Wednesday afternoon as they attempted to enter the downtown chancery offices.

A group of about 30 people carried a copy of an online petition with more than 32,000 signatures asking that Finn apologize to Colleen Simon -- a woman dismissed from her parish position after her same-sex marriage was inadvertently made public by a local newspaper -- and to give her job back.

It's good to have a president who is not trigger-happy

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Listen to the news any day, any hour. You will find commentators, usually Republicans, who think that President Barack Obama needs to show more "muscle" in his conduct of foreign policy or act "more strongly" wherever -- you name the place -- or "regain America's leadership role in the world." Many critics wish he had kept at least some U.S. troops in Iraq, engaged to some degree in the civil war in Syria, and had "taken decisive action" (whatever that means) against Russia for annexing Crimea and supporting the Ukrainian separatists.

Anti-drone activist Grady Flores released from jail pending appeal

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A peace activist who received a one-year jail sentence stemming from an anti-drone protest has been freed from jail pending an appeal.

Mary Anne Grady Flores was released Friday on $5,000 bail from the Onondaga County Justice Center in Syracuse, N.Y., after appearing before County Court Judge Thomas J. Miller, who granted a stay of execution of her sentence pending appeal of an order of protection granted to Col. Earl Evans by the DeWitt Town Court.

How does America really feel about the children at the border?

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Protests continue to grow around the country when it comes to housing undocumented children while they await processing.

In Rhode Island, protester Terry Gorman said, "If there was a bus coming out of there and I knew it was all illegal alien children ... I'd lay down in front of the bus. ... That's going to be the destruction of the state of Rhode Island."

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