American officials in Afghanistan are bracing again for another backlash, this time following the massacre of at least 16 Afghan civilians, mainly children and women, by a U.S. Army sergeant. The incident follows the accidental burning of a Koran and other religious texts by U.S. personnel, which led to outrage and violence.
A suicide car bomber attacked a Catholic church Sunday in the middle of Mass in the Nigerian city of Jos, killing at least 10 people. The latest attack, perhaps by the Islamic sect Boko Haram, sparked retaliatory violence later Sunday. The war correspondent Marie Colvin, who was killed by Syrian forces while covering the carnage there,will be laid to rest today after a funeral Massat St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Just before she was killed in Homs on Feb. 22, the 56-year-old Queens native spoke of watching a baby boy dying and hoping the horror might “move people to think, why is this going on?”
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David Gibson is an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He writes for RNS and until recently covered the religion beat for AOL's Politics Daily. He blogs at Commonweal magazine, and has written two books on Catholic topics, the latest a biography of Pope Benedict XVI.
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