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FPL Daily News Reel: May 2, 2012

May 2, 2012, 1:40 pm | Posted by Nick Sementelli

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A departure from the Catholic Church’s mission
By Bill Ritter Jr — Denver Post, Opinion
Do we really want more children going to bed hungry, or an immigrant mother denied prenatal care simply because the organization providing the care is associated with another organization that does not meet a conservative litmus test?

Paul Ryan’s Christian Budget Cuts
By Stephen Colbert and Fr. Thomas Reese — The Colbert Report, Satire
Barack Obama and the Catholic Church wage war on Paul Ryan’s deeply Christian Republican House budget.

Money Movers
By Benjamin J. Dueholm — Christian Century
…what poll respondents and disgruntled motorists don’t seem to appreciate is that redistributing wealth is what all public budgets do.

In Afghanistan, President Obama signals end to the war
By Michael Memoli — Los Angeles Times
Speaking to a war-weary nation from the epicenter of the fight against terrorism, President Obama signaled the end of what he called “a decade under the dark cloud of war.”

In Deeds, Nuns Answer Call of Duty
By Jim Dwyer — New York Times
“No bishop or anyone told them what to do,” said Sister Camille D’Arienzo, a leader among religious women and an author. “It’s the conscience element. The gospel call. The solidarity among ourselves. It can’t be shattered. We’ve been around too long.”

Student-loan debt delays dream of becoming nun
By Eve Tahmincioglu — MSNBC
Hefty student loan debt is hampering the career dreams of many graduates whether they’re looking to enter religious vocations or work for corporate America.

Obama’s Jewish support rises over past six months, AJC poll finds
By Ron Kampeas — Jewish Telegraphic Agency
The poll, released Monday, shows Obama with 61 percent of the Jewish vote, as opposed to 28 percent for Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who is the likely Republican nominee.

Study shows Mormonism is fastest-growing faith in half of U.S. states
By Kevin Eckstrom — Religion News Service
Mitt Romney may or may not become the first Mormon to move into the White House next year, but a new study shows that Mormonism is moving into more parts of the country than any other religious group, making it the fastest-growing faith in more than half of U.S. states.

Georgia bans most abortions after 20 weeks pregnancy
By Reuters
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal on Tuesday signed legislation banning most abortions after 20 weeks pregnancy, the seventh state to outlaw most late-term abortions based on controversial research that a fetus can feel pain by that stage of development.

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