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Korean parliament passes Sewol ferry bills

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Nearly seven months after the Sewol ferry capsized and sank off the Korean peninsula killing more than 300 passengers, South Korea's parliament passed a bill Nov. 8 to set up an inquiry into the disaster, seeming to accede to a central demand of grieving victims’ families.

The bill calls for the appointment of an independent counsel and a 17-member panel to conduct an 18-month inquiry to bring charges against those responsible for the disaster. The panel will include three members drawn from the families of victims.

Canadian bishops mark 50th anniversary of decree on ecumenism

Canada's Catholic bishops examine the church's connection with other Christian churches in a document marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's decree on ecumenism.

Titled "A Church in Dialogue: Towards the Restoration of Unity among Christians," the document reviews the work of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops with various ecumenical partners including the Orthodox, the Anglican Church of Canada, the United Church of Canada and others since the council.

Philippines called to lead campaign against the death penalty in Asia

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Hundreds of people who gathered at a public square here for a rally against the death penalty lit candles and joined in singing "Heal the World" to close a historic dialogue on human rights and respect for the dignity of life.

It may have ended months of work for the first Asia Pacific dialogue on the theme "No Justice without Life." But Mayor Benjamin Abalos Jr. and other speakers pointed out that much work remains for Filipinos to foster dialogue on the death penalty and ensure that the country's laws do not again allow executions.

Winter's early arrival challenges Iraqi Christians who fled militants

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Sister Habiba's kindly face is etched with sadness as she surveyed the muddy field where dozens of tents sheltering displaced Iraqi Christians once stood.

Cold, punishing rains and blustery wind swept through the encampment Oct. 20, earlier than expected for winter, crashing down the tents in the dead of night. Shoes, slippers and toys were strewn about, stuck in the muddy mess, signaling the mad dash for safety.

Strangers in the night

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"A man's home is his castle" is a cry that echoes in American ears. While technology may be eating away at our liberties online, Americans still believe they are secure in their own homes. In some states in the South and West, dominion over one's own home is reinforced by "stand your ground" laws, which permit homeowners to use deadly force against intruders, though not without controversy.

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