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Jul 14, 2011
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U.S. religious leaders urge moral solution to debt talks

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Don’t balance the U.S. budget on the backs of the poor and sick, religious leaders said, suggesting that their churches’ charity work is already overstretched and social havoc could result if the government’s social safety net is abandoned.

Representatives from Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and interfaith groups and churches expressed their collective disappointment with the tone of blame in the debt debate between President Obama and congressional negotiators.

Jul 12, 2011

Taps on Great Lakes water bear watching-environmental group

CHICAGO (Reuters) – States bordering on the Great Lakes are adhering — with a few exceptions — to a compact not to withdraw too much lake water that sustains 40 million people, environmental groups said on Tuesday.

Without keen oversight, the Great Lakes that contain one-fifth of the world’s supply of fresh water could experience “death by a thousand straws,” said Marc Smith of the National Wildlife Federation, which released a report on the states’ stewardship.

Jul 7, 2011
via FaithWorld

Offending priest handled “by the book” by Episcopal Church leader

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The Episcopal Church’s diocese of Nevada sought to calm an uproar over a former Benedictine monk who admitted sexual indiscretions with a parishioner before he was ordained an Episcopal priest by Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, who is now leader of the 2.3 million member U.S. church.

“It looks to me like she handled the situation by the book,” Bishop Dan Edwards said of Jefferts Schori’s actions regarding Fr. Bede Parry, a church organist and former Episcopal priest.

Jun 29, 2011

Bill Clinton’s group offers recipe for US economy

CHICAGO, June 29 (Reuters) – If U.S. banks loaned out their
$2 trillion cash hoard, if worker training programs were
stepped up and if 3 million job openings were filled, the
economic recovery would be far stronger, a panel assembled by
former President Bill Clinton said on Wednesday.

Clinton opened the meeting of his six-year-old Clinton
Global Initiative with a discussion entitled “Jobs, Jobs,
Jobs,” that the organization for the first time is focused
squarely on the United States.

Jun 24, 2011

Ex-media mogul Conrad Black sent back to prison

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday ordered former media baron Conrad Black to serve 13 more months in prison for his fraud and obstruction of justice conviction.

Judge Amy St. Eve of U.S. District Court, who sentenced Black to 6-1/2 years following his 2007 trial, ordered the 66-year-old member of Britain’s House of Lords to serve a total of 42 months, of which 29 months has already been served.

Jun 24, 2011

Ex-media mogul Black hopes not to go back to prison

CHICAGO, June 24 (Reuters) – Former media baron Conrad
Black goes back to court on Friday when a judge will decide
whether the 29 months he has spent in prison for defrauding
shareholders and obstructing justice were enough.

Judge Amy St. Eve of U.S. District Court, who presided over
Black’s 2007 trial, could order the member of Britain’s House
of Lords to finish his original 78-month sentence, or she could
shorten his punishment or let him go.

Jun 22, 2011
via FaithWorld

Evangelical Christians from Global South see expanding influence

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Prisoners attend a cult meeting presided over by Evangelical pastor Marcos in Rio. 30 October 2009

A survey of evangelical Christian leaders found a Global North-South split on how they see their prospects.

Jun 14, 2011

Victims of priest abuse tell bishops to do more

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Proposed revisions to a U.S. Roman Catholic Church charter that addresses the sexual abuse of children by priests are insignificant and fail to address church cover-ups, critics said on Tuesday.

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests demonstrated outside church offices in Chicago to protest the draft of the planned revisions to the church’s 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Jun 10, 2011

Rana guilty of aiding LeT, but did not participate in 26/11

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A U.S. jury on Thursday found Pakistani-born Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana guilty of providing support to the Lashkar-e-Taiba but not guilty of participating in the group’s 2008 assault on Mumbai that killed 166 people.

In a mixed verdict, the jury also found Rana, 50, a former Pakistan Army doctor with Canadian citizenship, guilty of conspiring to attack a Danish newspaper, a plot hatched by the militant group but never carried out.

Jun 10, 2011

Chicago man guilty of aiding Pakistan militant group

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A U.S. jury on Thursday found a Pakistani-born Chicago businessman guilty of providing support to an Islamic militant group but not guilty of participating in the group’s 2008 assault on Mumbai that killed 166 people.

In a mixed verdict, the jury also found Tahawwur Rana, 50, a former Pakistan Army doctor with Canadian citizenship, guilty of conspiring to attack a Danish newspaper, a plot hatched by the militant group but never carried out.

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