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Representative Peter King, Republican of New York, convened controversial congressional hearings on March 10 to investigate “the extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community.” • The High Court in London has declared Owen and Eunice Johns of Derby, England, unqualified to become foster parents because of their Christian views on premarital and homosexual intercourse. • A federal judge in California ruled on Feb. 28 that a Mexican resident can use a law typically employed for international human rights cases to sue the Archdiocese of Los Angeles over charges that he was sexually abused by a priest. • New York’s Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn said a New York City ordinance requiring crisis pregnancy centers to display disclaimers about the services they provide “is designed to prevent pro-life advocates from speaking freely.” • Ireland’s bishops have renewed their opposition to the planned abolition of the 50/50 Catholic-Protestant recruitment policy for the police in Northern Ireland. • The Anglican bishop of Jerusalem, the Rev. Suheil Dawani, has been forbidden to live in Jerusalem after his residency visa was revoked by Israel’s Interior Ministry.

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