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Muslim leaders worldwide issue stern rebuke to ISIS

Men placed a headstone at the grave of Seydo Mehmud Cumo, 44, at a cemetery in Suruc, Turkey, Oct. 11. The man was a People’s Protection Unit fighter who was killed during clashes with the Islamic State militant group in Kobani, Syria. Muslim leaders have issued a stern rebuke to the militant group, known as ISIS.

WASHINGTON -- More than 100 Muslim leaders -- clerics and laypeople alike -- have signed a letter criticizing the Middle East Muslim military group ISIS, short for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
In the 17-page letter, the leaders quote extensively from the Quran, the Muslim scriptures, to rebuke ISIS' tactics and actions.
Since the letter was issued Sept. 19, more than 125 Muslim leaders around the world have signed the letter. Twenty of them come from the United States, where the Council on American-Islamic Relations circulated the letter.

Faith, kindness of slain U.S. journalist recalled at Mass

ROCHESTER, N.H. -- Close to 1,000 of slain journalist James Foley's closest friends and family gathered at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Rochester, N.H., for a memorial Mass to celebrate the life of a man who was killed by Syrian extremists on Aug. 19, but whose legacy lives on.
Foley was captured in northwest Syria, along with British journalist John Cantlie, in November 2012 by Islamist militants. For two years, the family prayed for his safe return.

Pope says official exorcists show Church's love for the suffering

Father Gabriele Nanni, exorcist for the Diocese of Teramo, Italy, gave a presentation during a 2011 course on exorcism and Satanism at the Legionaries of Christ’s Pontifical Regina Apostolorum University in Rome. Pope Francis said the church’s official exorcists show the church’s love for the suffering.

VATICAN CITY -- Exorcists, assigned to that ministry by their bishops, demonstrate the love and care of the Church for "those who suffer because of the work of the devil," Pope Francis said in a message to the International Association of Exorcists.
The organization, which was recognized by the Congregation for Clergy in June, brought about 300 exorcists to Rome for a convention focused particularly on the impact of the occult and Satanism on modern men and women.

CRS manages 'safe and dignified' burials of Ebola victims

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Burials that are dignified and safe are urgently needed for Ebola victims in West Africa, where corpses are frequently left unattended for days and then thrown into graves without ceremony, a U.S. Church aid official said.
"So many people are dying that there has not been the capacity to respond" to burial needs in an appropriate way and "we are now making this a priority," Michael Stulman, regional information officer for the U.S. bishops' Catholic Relief Services, said in a telephone interview from Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Experts explore Shakespeare's Catholic sympathies

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, England -- Inside recently refurbished Royal Shakespeare Theater here, the audience, banked on three floors, gazes attentively out over a wide, brightly lit stage.
"Necessity will make us all forsworn. Three thousand times within this three years' space; for every man with his affects is born, not by might master'd, but by special grace," recited the actor playing Berowne in "Love's Labor's Lost."

'Don't give up hope': Archbishop responds to woman's suicide plan

PORTLAND, Ore. -- As a young California woman gained national attention for her plan to use Oregon's assisted suicide law, Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of Portland issued a statement that the Oregon law puts forward illusion and confusion.
At the start of 2014, newlywed Brittany Maynard learned she had brain cancer. A few months after she underwent two surgeries, doctors delivered the news that the cancer had returned and that most patients die from such tumors in about a year. She decided against further treatment.

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