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One commentary labels this a "low point for our nation"

President Donald Trump on Thursday questioned why the U.S. should allow more immigrants from "shithole countries" after senators discussed revamping rules affecting entrants from Africa and Haiti, according to three people briefed on the conversation.

In a rare extended interview, Barack Obama tells David Letterman that social media and the increasing personalization of many Americans’ information streams has led to the reinforcing of biases. "Innovations that helped elect me now dividing the country."

Philadelphia -- Firm will plan sale, development of St. Katharine Drexel property

You might have missed this: Survey of US Catholics shows refreshed enthusiasm among women. Also you might want to refresh your memory with the earlier survey story about voting trends among Catholics.

Twenty-five years after the outbreak of hostilities in the Balkans that led to years of bitter conflict, church leaders have said that the root causes of conflict have not yet been resolved.

Next Monday, Pope Francis heads to Chile and Peru for a pastoral visit. Here's a few things you'll want to read to prepare for that.

Speaking of immigrants and refugees, check out these stories:

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