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Three contradictions in Obama's foreign policy

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It's been a very discouraging summer, watching President Barack Obama be placed more and more in contradictory positions in foreign policy. These are not just his contradictions, but the historic contradiction of U.S. foreign policy in general. The U.S. has often enunciated idealistic policies toward the rest of the world but in reality has pursed more self-interests and oppositional policies. We have often spoken of supporting democracy and representative governments but in truth have supported our share of anti-democratic and repressive regimes.

Father of child who died in Korean ferry disaster: 'I beg the pope to call for investigation'

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Kim Young-oh sits under a white tent in the middle of a downtown Seoul plaza. His mission: to force the government of President Park Geun-hye to pass legislation to set up an independent investigation and prosecution for those responsible for the death of 17-year-old daughter.

Kim Yoo Min died April 16 when a Japanese-built, Korean-owned ferry capsized off the South Korean coast, taking the lives of 300, mostly secondary school students on their way to a weekend island jaunt.

He has been fasting for 30 days and is visibly very weak.

The Yazidi and the Christians in Iraq

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My heart cries out for the Yazidi people and the Christian people in Iraq. Both are threatened with genocide by the Islamic State. Hundreds of Yazidi have been killed, some even buried alive. The rest have fled to the Sinjar Mountains without food or water, desperately trying to save their lives. Thus, the United States instituted humanitarian airdrops of food and water.

Some good news: Catholic Relief Services serves poor in global hot spots

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright recently summed up the state of current events this way: "The world is a mess." And that blunt comment is an understatement. Perhaps adding the word "desperate" would make her statement more accurate.

What to do? Pope Francis' recommendation: Go out to the fringes of society, serve the poor, the sick, the hungry, the migrants, the refugees, the dying. Often, these locations are conflict-filled.

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