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July 19- August 1, 2013

No pattern for the look of a true American

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St. Mary's Basilica in Phoenix anchors one end of a treed plaza. The Diocesan Pastoral Center anchors the other. A large, tiled fountain sits in the middle. On the Sunday after the Boston Marathon bombing, my husband and I went to Mass at the pastoral center. As we drove up, we saw signs announcing a Sikh festival. Long tables were set up. The smell of fried chickpeas and grilled naan filled the air. Children climbed on the fountain and played in the water. Men in turbans and women in gauzy saris waved to us, offering cold water and hot food.

Joining the NCR mission

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A few weeks back, I began telling you all about personnel changes at NCR.  (See this and this.) Here is my next installment in that series. I am very happy to announce that Caitlin Hendel is joining us as managing editor. I am also very relieved to make this announcement. We have been without a managing editor since I became editor a year and a half ago. Hendel started with us July 1.

African religious leaders rebuke Obama

Religious leaders in Africa rebuked U.S. President Barack Obama's call to decriminalize homosexuality during his recent three-nation trip to the continent.

In a news conference in Senegal on July 27, the day after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on same-sex marriage, Obama said African nations must grant equal protection to all people regardless of their sexual orientation.

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