Accused of abuse, Pell maintains innocence in first court appearance
From Brookings: The geography of desperation in America. "There are high costs to falling behind — and losing hope — in a very wealthy society that prides itself on being a meritocracy (even though the reality is far from the reputation)," according to the report.
U.S. Court of Appeals vacates injunction against executions in Ohio
Worst drought in decades forces shutdown of Vatican fountains
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Distinctly Catholic: As Senate health care debate proceeds, nation takes two steps back
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New Pew survey: Muslim Americans worry about discrimination but profess faith in American dream
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