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Caption: Pope Francis holds a cake presented by someone in the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 17. (CNS/Paul Haring)
Pope Francis holds a cake presented by someone in the crowd as he arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square Sept. 17. (CNS/Paul Haring)
U.S. denominations, key Catholic bishop advocate for open Internet

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- More than a dozen religious bodies, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, argued in a joint letter to the Federal Communications Commission that the Internet must remain available to all without "fast lanes" and other devices meant to speed up traffic for extra revenue while keeping nonpaying traffic in a slow lane.

"We are concerned about paid prioritization and other policies that will increase costs and limit opportunities for our organizations and the communities we serve," said the Sept. 15 letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and the other four FCC commissioners.
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Caption: Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia speaks during a press conference at the Vatican Sept.16. He announced officially that the next World Meeting of Families will be held in Philadelphia Sept. 22-27, 2015. (CNS/Reuters)
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia speaks during a press conference at the Vatican Sept.16. He announced officially that the next World Meeting of Families will be held in Philadelphia Sept. 22-27, 2015. (CNS/Reuters)
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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 44, No. 16 (Sept. 18, 2014):

-- Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in a statement stressing the need to continue to combat the destructive influence of racism.

-- War is just senseless slaughter and should never be seen as inevitable or a done deal, Pope Francis says in a message to the International Meeting of Peoples and Religions, which met in Belgium to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

-- As global tensions rise and hopes of peace fade, religions hold a crucial responsibility to "bring back hope and guide humankind toward the awareness of a common destiny," says Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Rome-based lay Community of Sant'Egidio, at the International Meeting of Peoples and Religions.

-- Shawqi Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam tells the International Meeting of Peoples and Religions that "Islam is utterly against extremism," and the political violence occurring across the Muslim world and beyond "cannot and should never be attributed to religious values and beliefs but to a complex of factors" that must be understood if this menace is to be eradicated.

-- Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Bishops, looks at marriage and the family from the perspective of the sacramentality of the church and the challenges the upcoming Synod of Bishops likely will face in its discussion of the family and church teaching.


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