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Preview: Global summit helps break the silence on war and women

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It may be the most salient commentary on the status of women globally that it has taken the world until the 21st century to undertake serious efforts to end sexual violence in conflict.

Rape as a weapon and a spoil of war, which disproportionately affects women, has long been the hidden and undiscussed atrocity. The long silence, however, is being broken, most recently at a Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, held in London and organized by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and American actress and activist Angelina Jolie.

Priests' gathering ends with Eucharist celebration

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The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests concluded their third annual conference with a Eucharis, celebration. Emeritus San Francisco Archbishop, whom the group honored with it's Pope John XXIII award, the was chief celebrant along with St. Louis Archbishop Robert James Carlson.  Some 225 priests attended the conference and Mass. This video, taken during the distribution of communion and conclusion of the celebration, captures a bit of the flavor of the Eucharist gathering, in a room at the Marriott Airport Hotel in St. Louis.

 

Theologians at Vatican move Fulton Sheen's cause closer to beatification

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The possible miracle needed for the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen took another step toward papal recognition Tuesday when a panel of theologians met at the Vatican, the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation announced.

As a normal part of the sainthood process, the theologians met to consider whether or not the promoters of Sheen's cause demonstrated that the proposed miracle -- the survival of a child delivered stillborn -- occurred after prayers for the intercession only of Sheen.

Survey: Many don't want atheist in-laws

Brace yourself for family backlash if you plan to marry an atheist.

A new Pew Research survey chiefly focused on political polarization also found Americans divided when someone in the family picks a nonbeliever to marry.

Atheists are the most unwanted future relative, by far. Nearly half (49 percent) of Americans say they would be unhappy if a member of their immediate family picked an unbeliever for a spouse.

Those most likely to say they'd be upset:

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