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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 44, No. 14 (Sept. 4, 2014):

-- Pope Francis discusses U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq, torture, possible visits to the U.S. and Mexico, and the sainthood cause of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero in an inflight news conference during his return from Korea.

-- Pope Francis asks the U.N. secretary-general for immediate action to prevent further violence against ethnic and religious minorities in northern Iraq.

-- The head of the U.S. bishops' conference, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, urges President Barack Obama, in concert with other nations' leaders, to the end the violence against ethnic and religious minorities in northern Iraq.

-- St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson says it is time to acknowledge the "decades of hurt and mistrust and suspicion and prejudices" that preceded the civil unrest that followed the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, and to work to dismantle systemic racism.

-- Miami's Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, in the annual Labor Day statement issued by the U.S. bishops, focuses on the plight of young adults who he says have borne the brunt of unemployment and underemployment at home and abroad during the international financial crisis.

-- Pope Francis visits a Pentecostal congregation in Caserta, Italy.

-- Pope Francis urges Catholics in Caserta, Italy, a town scarred by mafia crime, to reject evil, violence and oppression.


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