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people sitting in a church with paintings on the wall. the people closest to the camera are seminarians or priests
Carol Glatz - Catholic News Service
The pope will travel to Bahrain, a small majority-Muslim country in the Persian Gulf region. Pope Francis will be the first pope to visit the region.
Israeli police confront mourners as they carry the casket of slain Al Jazeera veteran journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during her funeral in east Jerusalem, Friday, May 13, 2022.
Politics & SocietyNews
Laurie Kellman—Associated PressAreej Hazboun - Associated Press
Shireen Abu Akleh—a Palestinian-American, a Catholic and a 25-year veteran of Al Jazeera’s satellite channel—was shot Wednesday while covering an Israeli military raid in the Jenin refugee camp.
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Bassem Mroue - Associated Press
Pope Francis will visit Lebanon in June, the president’s office said Tuesday, in an apparent show of support for the country experiencing an unprecedented economic meltdown.
A Palestinian flag in Silwan, one of the few neighborhoods in East Jerusalem were large numbers of Palestinians still reside. (iStock/DZarzycka)  
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Jeff Wright
For more than a decade, a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem has suffered noise and damages to homes from excavation work for a “Bible Park,” and residents fear they will be pushed out entirely.
A woman washes clothes as migrants settle at the Bruzgi checkpoint center at the Belarus-Poland border near Grodno, Belarus, on Dec. 23, 2021. Since Nov. 8, a large group of migrants, mostly Iraqi Kurds, has been stranded at the border crossing with Poland. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Joan RosenhauerDan Corrou
Since the end of U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, much of the world has turned its attention away from geopolitical conflicts in the region. But these issues have not disappeared.
Politics & SocietyShort Take
Drew Christiansen
The nuclear nonproliferation treaty (NPT) was written for a Cold War standoff between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. It can only be effective now if it includes new nuclear powers like Israel.