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Letters from South Sudan

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With fears that the situation in South Sudan is disappearing from the front pages of newspapers, the United Nations released a press statement yesterday appearing on U.N. News Centre about the desperate need for relief in the most remote areas of the country still affected by violence. As the rainy season approaches in central Africa, the situation for refugees living in camps becomes more precarious. Br. Bill Firman with Solidarity with South Sudan gives an update.

Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court and 'religious freedom'

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It's amazing what legal arguments that medical products related to sex can generate.

Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, the companies that brought cases to the Supreme Court last week, believe that even though they are profit-making businesses, they exercise the rights of "religious freedom" and should be exempt from paying for employees' health insurance when it includes contraception under the Affordable Care Act.

Letters from South Sudan

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Aljazeera published a story this week, “Frontline Nuns,” profiling religious aid workers from Solidarity with South Sudan who are serving in areas of war while facing realities of their own safety. Br. Bill Firman, Solidarity’s executive director, also wrote to NCR this week with a letter titled, “Troubled Times.”

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