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More school: great idea .... right?


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


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.

Blasphemy laws have roots in Judaism and Christianity


Interfaith understanding often requires an honest look at history. On this week’s Interfaith Voices, we deal with the infamous “blasphemy laws” in Pakistan –- and the history of blasphemy laws, which –- it turns out -– did not originate with Muslims. In all cases, they are a testimony to religious intolerance and often rabid religious violence.

Gratitude to those 'who had a hand in the miracle'


So, how does it feel to be involved -- directly involved -- in a miracle, our friends at Catholic Relief Services ask.

Every single indication -- a violent past, entrenched illiteracy, food and health crises, and scores of incendiary tribal conflicts -- every single indication convinced every single long- and short-term observer that in the very best case, southern Sudan's historic referendum would be tainted by violence.

The live-streaming of a final farewell


Earlier this week, The New York Times ran a story about the video streaming of funerals online.

I had never heard of it before, but apparently funeral homes are increasingly providing this additional service. Even the esteemed Frank E. Campbell memorial chapel on the Upper East Side of Manhattan -- where mourners have paid their respects to notable figures like Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, John Lennon, William Randolph Hearst, George Gershwin, and Heath Ledger -- has begun a webcasting pilot program.

Activists plan to widen campaign to close Guantanamo


Just days after completing an eleven-day fast calling for the closure of the U.S. military detention facility in Guantanamo, Cuba, a group of anti-torture activists announced Wednesday plans to widen their campaign.

The online announcement by the group Witness Against Torture included an important summary of the current state of affairs for those detained in U.S. military facilities.


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November 20-December 3, 2015


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