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In McAllen, Texas, faith groups responded, while Washington dithered  
09-18-2014From around the web
By LINDA GARRETT (RNS) In the face of an imploding immigration system, an exploding political debate and a deadlock on reform in Washington, it was religious leaders who rallied to form a humanitarian response to the ...

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Does the Muslim headscarf boost body image?  
09-17-2014From around the web
By LAUREN MARKOE (RNS) In non-Muslim societies, a woman in a headscarf is often perceived as less approachable and sociable, according to past research, and some see the head covering as a means of repressing women. ...

New Jersey nun beatification set for next month in Newark  
09-16-2014From around the web
By DAVID GIBSON | NEW YORK (RNS) New Jersey is often dismissed as a cultural wasteland of traffic jams and suburban sprawl, mobster graveyards and lost dreams — source material for native son rockers like...

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Maureen on American Nuns' Opposition to 'Doctrine of Discovery' - Huffington Post  
09-15-2014Maureen's Corner
In this article, Maureen contributes to a discussion on the "Doctrine of Discovery,' a papal bull from the 15th Century that continues to provide legal justificaion for the oppression and colonization of indegin...

Brutally murdered nuns laid to rest in the Congo as crime investigation continues  
09-12-2014From around the web
By FREDRICK NZWILI (RNS) Three elderly Italian nuns murdered in Burundi were laid to rest Thursday (Sept. 11) in a Xaverian cemetery in the Democratic Republic of Congo amid heightened calls for ac...

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Maureen's Interview on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show  
09-12-2014Maureen's Corner
This week, Maureen was a guest on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show with Jo Piazza, author of the new book, If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission. Together, they take on the topics of women's ord...

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Regensburg Redux: Was Pope Benedict XVI right about Islam?  
09-11-2014From around the web
BY DAVID GIBSON (RNS) Eight years ago this Friday, Sept. 12, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a lecture at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria in which he seemed to diagnose Islam as a religion inherently flawed by fan...