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Pope Benedict celebrates birthday with Bavarian guests, beer, pretzels

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 A bit of Bavaria, including German beer and pretzels, came to the Vatican to help celebrate retired Pope Benedict XVI's 90th birthday.

"Thank you for bringing Bavaria here," he told his guests, commenting on the beauty of gathering together under a blue Roman sky with white clouds -- colors that "recall the white and blue flag of Bavaria" and how "it's always the same sky" no matter where one finds oneself in the world.

Preview: Gather the light of ecological guidance: one Quaker's perspective

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Keith Helmuth has had reason to cry over the ecological landscape of Earth, his common home, these last 70-plus years. From the window of a jetliner on a clear, moonlit night, Helmuth spied the vast expanse of the Amazon watershed, where down below the scale of the destruction of clear-cut rain forest was “stunning,” he recalled.

Majorities of Americans concerned about violence against Jews, Muslims

For the first time, a majority of Americans has voiced concern about violence against Jews, polling by the Anti-Defamation League shows.

While 52 percent of Americans surveyed said they are disturbed about such violence, an even higher percentage – 76 percent – said they are concerned about violence against Muslims.

The ADL commissioned two surveys to determine the mood of the country, one in October 2016 and another from January through February, as part of its ADL Global 100 project.

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