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Ohio municipal worker unlikely pawn in US-North Korea chess game  
10-23-2014From around the web
By WILLIAM M. WELCH c. 2014 USA Today (RNS) Jeffrey Fowle, released by North Korea on Tuesday (Oct. 21), is an unlikely figure to find himself at the center of diplomatic tensions: a 56-year-old municipal worker from...

Heribert Pohl | Flickr
Archbishop Chaput blasts Vatican debate on family, says ‘confusion is of the devil’  
10-22-2014From around the web
By DAVID GIBSON | NEW YORK (RNS) Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, a leading culture warrior in the U.S. hierarchy, says he was “very disturbed” by the debate over church teachings on gays and r...

Intel Free Press | Flickr
Mikvahs seek security after hidden camera scandal  
10-20-2014From around the web
By LAUREN MARKOE | WASHINGTON (RNS) In the days since a prominent Orthodox rabbi was charged with spying on naked women in his synagogue’s mikvah, Jews who oversee the ritual baths across the country are ru...

John Martinez Pavliga | Flickr
Orphans abandoned, shunned in Africa’s Ebola crisis  
10-20-2014From around the web
By SHEILIA PASSEWE | MONROVIA, Liberia c. 2014 USA Today  (RNS)  Ever since Frank Mulbah’s mother died of Ebola in August, no one will go near him. “I went to my relatives after my mother die...

Jim, the Photographer | Flickr
Maureen on the Group the Synod Leaves Behind  
10-17-2014Maureen's Corner
Maureen celebrates the marked progress in the Church's pastoral care of people that identify as LGBT, and divorced and remarried Catholics. But the Synod on the Family didn't mention one large group of socie...

William Warby | Flickr
A pagan holiday? NJ school district cancels, reinstates Halloween celebrations  
10-17-2014From around the web
By JESSICA MAZZOLA | MAPLEWOOD, N.J. c. 2014 NJ Advance Media (RNS) A New Jersey elementary school canceled and reinstated its Halloween celebration this week in a debate that reflects societal ambivalence about...

Ruthanne Reid | Flickr
Mark Driscoll resigns from Mars Hill Church  
10-15-2014From around the web
By SARAH PULLIAM BAILEY | (RNS) Mark Driscoll, the larger-than-life megachurch pastor who has been accused of plagiarism, bullying and an unhealthy ego that alienated his most devoted followers, resigned from his...