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    After Charlottesville and Barcelona, eclipse recalls our common home

    In the wake of the violence that erupted in Charlottesville and Barcelona in recent days, the reality of hate and division can seem overwhelming. Monday's eclipse, however, reminds us that we all share one world, we are one human family, and we have work to do.

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    Church in Philippines emerges as strongest opposition party

    Since tough-talking President Rodrigo Duterte swept to power last summer, estimates are that almost 8,000 people have been killed in violence triggered by the war on drugs, mostly young males in slum neighborhoods. Catholic bishops have become the leaders of the opposition, and signs point to an escalating struggle over the country's future.

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    Explaining papal calm on security, plus a note on the convert debate

    In the wake of the latest spike in violence across Europe, the Vatican says it's not taking extra security precautions, in part because safeguards were already "very strong." Popes often feel a greater degree of calm about their safety than other public figures, because, let's face it, from their point of view, they've got the ultimate safety net.

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