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How does one respond to a troubled world?

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I don't know about you, but I have been deeply troubled by what seems to be an unraveling of the world around us in so many different hot spots.

Just to name a few:

1. The escalation of violence in Ukraine, including the shooting down of a passenger airline with the loss of all passengers on board

2. The continuing loss of life and violence in Gaza and Israel

Gazans, aid workers wait to see if truce will be renewed

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Humanitarians and the people of the Gaza Strip are apprehensive about whether there will be a renewal of the truce between Israel and the militant Hamas, said a U.S. Catholic aid official.

"There's a lot of hope that the airstrikes and rockets will not start again after Tuesday midnight because of such a traumatic, terrible month," said Matthew McGarry, who directs the Catholic Relief Services' operations in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem.

Holy Land still safe for pilgrimages, says head of U.S. tour group

The head of a Michigan-based tour company that leads trips to the Holy Land said the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas so far has not had an impact on pilgrimages he and his associates lead.

"Everything is still functioning like in any other normal business day. The sector of tourism industry to the Holy Land is not affected," said Steve Ray, a tour guide and CEO of Footprints of God in Ann Arbor.

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