Church Scandals in the Pope’s Final Days and More

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Rumors Swirl as the Pope Steps Down February 28, 2013
Catholics around the world have been bewildered by one revelation after another in the weeks since the Pope resigned. First, there was a story in the Italian newspaper, La Repubblica. It alleged a kind of gay sub-culture inside the Vatican, with its members subject to blackmail. Then, the only cardinal of Great Britain resigned, after priests charged him with “inappropriate acts.” He says he will not attend the conclave to elect a new Pope—leaving the UK without a representative.
John Thavis, author of The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church Trevor Grundy, correspondent for Religion News Service and Deutsche Welle
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Yesh Atid’s New Vision for Israel February 28, 2013
In Israel, tension is rising between ultra-Orthodox Jews and secular Jews. The issues are many, ranging from modesty to military service. And a brand new center-left party is weighing in: Yesh Atid, Hebrew for “There is a future.” When Israel held elections in January, Yesh Atid exceeded expectations and won 19 of the 120 seats in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. One of those 19 is Dov Lipman, an American-born ultra-Orthodox rabbi originally from Silver Spring, Md.
Rabbi Dov Lipman, Member of Knesset
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Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde February 28, 2013
Rebecca Dana had the Manhattan life she always dreamed of. She was working as a journalist and had a handsome boyfriend. Everything changed when she found out her boyfriend had been cheating on her. She needed to find a new place to live, and fast. That’s when Dana, a secular Jew, ended up living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with an ultra-Orthodox, jujitsu-practicing rabbi named Cosmo.
Rebecca Dana, author of Jujitsu Rabbi and the Godless Blonde: A True Story

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