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  • For decades, Chicago State University on the city’s South Side has offered a chance for bright, talented students from financially struggling families to earn a college degree. Funding problems meant the university had to cut short its academic year last spring. Whether it can make it through the current school year appears doubtful.

    In Bloomington, a sexual assault victim was told by the city’s main rape crisis program that she must return to the apartment where the assault occurred...

  • October 3, 2016

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    .S. and Iraqi military strategists are preparing for a final drive on Mosul, hoping to dislodge Isla mic Sta te militants from their last stronghold in Iraq. But how well are they planning for the inevitable impact of that offensive on the city’s residents?

    Hani El-Mahdi is the Iraq country representative for Catholic Relief Services . He told America during a text interview by Skype this week that he...

  • October 3, 2016

    With a Mass near the tomb of St. Ignatius Loyola in Rome, 215 Jesuits from around the world gathered on Oct. 2 for a general congregation to elect a new superior general to replace Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., who is retiring. • Brazil’s Indigenous Missionary Council in a new report highlighted abuses against the land rights of the nation’s indigenous people and said 137 of them were killed in 2015. • Hailing the Rev. Jacques Hamel , a French priest assassinated on July 26, as “a martyr...

  • October 3, 2016

    Fewer than two in 10 U.S. Catholics hold a favorable view of Muslims, and many have little understanding of the world’s second largest religion. When asked, “What is your overall impression of Muslims?” 30 percent of those Catholics polled said they held unfavorable views, 14 percent said favorable, and 45 percent said they held neither favorable nor unfavorable views.

    That is according to a report relea sed on Sept. 12 by Georgetown University’s The Bridge...

  • October 3, 2016

    Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan, the head of the Philippine bishops’ conference, urged Catholic lawmakers on Sept. 14 not to support “any attempt to restore the death penalty” and called on Catholic lawyers to “study the issue and to oppose” it by filing legal cases against it. Less than a week after Rodrigo Duterte was sworn into office as president of the Philippines, a staunch political ally and the new speaker of the Philippine House of Representatives,...

  • October 3, 2016

    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights released a report on Sept. 7 that calls for reining in religious liberty protections in favor of nondiscrimination statutes aimed at protecting L.G.B.T. Americans. “The phrases ‘religious liberty’ and ‘religious freedom’ will stand for nothing except hypocrisy so long as they remain code words for discrimination, intolerance, racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian...

  • October 3, 2016

    Small sums of financial assistance can help stabilize housing for low-income people and stave off homelessness, with its numerous related social problems, a University of Notre Dame study concluded. Targeted emergency financial assistance of a few hundred dollars for rent, security deposits, utility payments or other cash emergencies can save taxpayers $20,000 or more each time homelessness is prevented, according to the study published in the August issue of Science. Cash...

  • October 3, 2016

    Back in 2014, during the thick of negotiations to end Colombia’s interminable civil war, I was invited to interview President Juan Manuel Santos, and he wanted to get something off his chest.

    Knowing our conversation would air in Miami, he took aim at the city’s large Colombian expatriate community. That cohort is mostly opposed to peace talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—the Marxist guerrillas known by the Spanish acronym FARC.

    “Many people in South...

  • September 26, 2016

    Honoring Star Trek’s 50th anniversary in September, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano said the popular series gave the world a model of peace, tolerance and cooperation at a time of global tensions. • After a Polish immigrant was beaten to death by a teenage mob in Harlow, England, on Aug. 27, President Andrzej Duda of Poland wrote to Anglican and Catholic church leaders in the United Kingdom urging them to help to protect Polish migrants from xenophobic violence and...

  • September 26, 2016

    Chicago’s long, hot summer of shootings came to an end over the three-day Labor Day weekend, with 65 people shot, 13 fatally , as homicides climbed toward 500 for the year. August was already on record as the city’s deadliest month in more than two decades.

    The wounded included a young woman,...