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U.S. priest: Spiritual costs of Cuban embargo have been high

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The U.S. trade embargo against Cuba turns 55 in October, and its effects are clear in the dilapidated buildings, scant food supply of Cuban stores and infrastructure around the island.

But what's not easy to see is the spiritual cost. Trinitarian Fr. Juan Molina, director of the U.S. bishops' Office for the Church in Latin America, said that spiritual cost has been great.

Reform Jewish movement declines to take a stance on Iran nuclear deal

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Citing conflicting opinions among its members and deploring the acrimony of the debate, the largest movement of Jewish Americans has declined to support or oppose the Iran nuclear deal.

Sitting in the pews, we have “a supporter of the deal sitting next to an opponent of the deal hearing a sermon by a rabbi who is somewhere in the middle,” Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said Wednesday. “There is not one answer to the biggest questions that face our movement and our world.”

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