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Speakers weigh immigration trends amid changing U.S.-Cuba relations

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Cuban parents who sent their unaccompanied children from Cuba to the United States in the early 1960s for fear of communist indoctrination under Fidel Castro made the right decision.

That was the conclusion of St. Augustine Bishop Felipe Estevez, who was one of four Cuban experts on a panel convened in Jacksonville at a time of expected shifts in diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba.

What the Chapel Hill murders reveal about the place of Muslims in American society

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Deah Barakat took my class "Islam in the Modern World" at N.C. State University a few years ago. He was curious about Islamic history, contemporary spiritual and political movements and was great in class discussions. I've taught thousands of students in the last 11 years here, but Deah stood out for his enthusiasm, kindness, calm demeanor and obvious charisma.

Survey: College freshmen are distancing themselves from religion

This year's college freshmen are less concerned with their religious identity and more concerned about their future job prospects.

Or at least that's according to an annual survey, The American Freshman, released recently by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. The survey included responses from more than 153,000 college freshmen at 227 schools nationwide.

Cordileone's continuing controversy in San Francisco revolves around Catholic identity

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The continuing controversy surrounding San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone's attempt to emphasize Catholic teaching on sexuality in the San Francisco high schools under his control is, among other things, about how we understand Catholic identity.

In the context of our secular society, it is good and necessary for a diocesan bishop to focus on Catholic identity.

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