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In Egypt, US should support removal or Mubarak

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The uprising in Egypt, as well as the recent one in Tunisia, has no doubt taken the Obama administration by surprise. While Obama is correct in calling on the Mubarak government in Egypt to restrain from using force against the protestors in the street, he has been vague in calling for Mubarak to comply with the demands for reform in his country.

National Religious Campaign Against Torture on Egypt situation

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Rev. Richard Killmer, Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, released this statement today sharing concern about the past U.S.-Egypt torture program and expressing hope for a torture-free Egyptian future.

“There is strong evidence that in the past the U.S. rendered suspected terrorists to Egypt with the knowledge that they would be tortured. It is our hope that this time of change in Egypt ensures that no government of Egypt will allow the use of torture. Further, we call upon the U.S. government to create a Commission of Inquiry to investigate all aspects of its past use of torture. The U.S.-Egypt torture program was a disgrace for both countries and should be fully investigated.”

Death of a good friend leaves lessons

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My high school friend, Michael Phillips, died this past October. Michael and I had not been in contact since our high school days, but our families would see each other at school events and the like. The Syracuse, NY diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Sun, ran a tribute to Michael's life, and what a life it was:

He lived in a one-bedroom apartment in Binghamton. He had no car, few clothes, but many friends. And when he died on Oct. 19, 2010, Michael Phillips was one of Catholic Relief Service’s longest large-gift contributors.
On a social worker’s salary, Phillips had slowly and steadily donated a total of approximately $250,000 to the charity.

Morning Briefing

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John Chuchman: Journey of loss, healing, and hope

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I came across a spiritual reflection by John Chuchman the other day. I see them from time to time on the Internet and some of his books are next to my desk on my book shelf.

Some of you might be familiar with his mission and work as a pastoral bereavement educator and companion. In this capacity he has done a lot to help Hospice programs, parishes and the grieving. More recently he has also been sharing his thoughts on the Spirit through other books and poetry.

His journey, his story, his writings have lifted many spirits over the years and he shows one person, living out his faith, can make a mark and can strengthen the lives of others.

The Rite: The devil is back and he's still mad

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The devil returns to the silver screen this week with the opening of director Mikael Hafstrom’s “The Rite”, based on journalist Matt Baglio’s 2009 book, The Rite: the Making of a Modern Exorcist.

Baglio’s book explores the current reality of Satanic activity in our day and follows the training of Fr. Gary Thomas of the Diocese of San Jose, Calif., as an exorcist in 2007 during a course at the Regina Apostolorum University in Rome. Both witnessed exorcisms during this time. In an interview last week, Thomas told me that the actors rendering of satanic possession in the film are indeed authentic.

More school: great idea .... right?

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Giving our children more education seems like one of those Mom and apple pie issues: who can possibly have a problem with that? Well, here in the Los Angeles archdiocese, we're about to find out.

Last week, the archdiocese announced it was implementing a plan to extend the elementary school year by twenty days -- a month extra. The notice came with much fanfare about the need to compete with China, India and Singapore.

North American prelates get extra assignments

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North American prelates get extra assignments

By Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI named U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke and Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet to the council of cardinals and bishops advising the Vatican Secretariat of State on diplomatic matters, and he named Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City to the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers.

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