Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 44, No. 11 (July 31, 2014):
-- The United States should do all it can to bring about an immediate cease-fire in Gaza, Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, urges Secretary of State John Kerry on behalf of the U.S. bishops.
-- Catholic leaders in the Holy Land call for an end to the cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, while criticizing Israel's "collective punishment" of Palestinians.
-- Richard Jones, a Catholic Relief Services representative, outlines forces propelling the flight of youth and children from Central America and the programs CRS and other agencies have developed aimed at helping families remain intact in their home countries.
-- Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Vatican ambassador to the U.S., exhorts Catholic educators to develop creative ways of countering the challenges secularism, materialism and relativism pose to youth today.
-- Archbishops William E. Lori of Baltimore and Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, celebrating the opening and closing Masses of the U.S. bishops' conference's Fortnight for Freedom, highlight the many ways religious people and agencies serve the nation.