Quote of the day.
“We must tell the story, the whole story of the last 400 years, without anger or apology.’’ - Rep. John Lewis at the groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
1. 'Faithful citizenship' gives Catholics a chance to seek the common good.
"This being an election year, the bishops' Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development has undertaken an intensive effort to bring the quadrennial document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship to as many Catholics as possible."
(Catholic News Service)
2. Is faith a kingmaker or deal-breaker?
"Rick Santorum, playing the religion card, appears to be winning support of evangelical Christians ahead of potentially pivotal GOP primaries in Arizona and Michigan."
(Christian Science Monitor)
3. Governor of Virginia shifts position on abortion bill.
"Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia backed down on Wednesday on a bill requiring women to have a vaginal ultrasound before undergoing an abortion. It was a sudden change of position for a conservative governor who is viewed as having political ambitions on the national stage."
(New York Times)
4. Tough immigration laws don't make illegal immigrants 'self-deport.'
"Strong family ties, the cost of returning to their native countries and fewer economic opportunities back home have kept illegal immigrants in the U.S., despite strict immigration laws here, a new report claims."
(Cronkite News Service/McClatchy)
5. Official charged with blocking mine inspections.
"The then-superintendent of the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia was charged Wednesday with conspiring with others to block federal regulators from enforcing safety requirements at the facility where 29 people were killed in an explosion."
(Los Angeles Times)
6. Recalling a last dinner with a journalist killed in Syria.
"Marie Colvin recognized the significant story unfolding in the rebellious Syrian city of Homs. The problem was how to get at it."
(New York Times)
7. Taliban urges Afghans to 'kill invaders.'
"At least two US soldiers have been killed in clashes in Afghanistan after the Taliban urged Afghans to target foreign troops in retaliation over reports that copies of the Quran were burnt at a NATO airbase, as protests continued for a third day."
8. Sixty killed in one of Iraq's bloodiest days.
"Simultaneous early morning attacks on mostly Shi''ite targets across Iraq killed at least 60 people and wounded dozens in one of the bloodiest days of violence since U.S. troops pulled out in mid-December, raising fears of a return to sectarian strife."
9. Somalia conference told of chance for change in war-torn nation.
"World leaders have urged Somalis to seize an 'unprecedented opportunity' to rebuild their nation, at a gathering in London on the war-torn nation''s future."
10. U.S. and North Korea resume nuclear talks.
"Countries hold first talks since Kim Jong-il's death in Beijing, in effort to restart wider six-nation negotiations."