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Volume 45, Number 3
14 March 2014
J.D. Conor Mauro

Uniformed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, walk in formation near a Ukrainian military base in Crimea on 7 March. A Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest in Ukraine’s Crimea region said church members are “alarmed and frightened” by the Russian military occupation and fear their communities could be outlawed again if Russian rule becomes permanent. (photo: CNS/Vasily Fedosenko, Reuters)

Russian troops mass at border with Ukraine (New York Times) With a referendum on secession looming in Crimea, Russia massed troops and armored vehicles in at least three regions along Ukraine’s eastern border on Thursday, alarming the interim Ukraine government about a possible invasion and significantly escalating tensions in the crisis between the Kremlin and the West…

As E.U. doors open, Bulgarian and Romanian migrants see minds closing (Los Angeles Times) Bulgaria and neighboring Romania are among the most recent countries to have joined the 28-nation European Union. Both won admission in 2007, part of the E.U.’s ambitious drive to knit together the whole of a once-war-torn continent. Since 1 January, Bulgarians and Romanians have had the right to live and work as they please in any member country, from Ireland to Italy. However, this is putting the E.U.’s founding principles to the test; a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment is sweeping the region, with critics in richer nations looking for ways to put walls back up…

Gaza militants and Israel exchange strikes despite ‘truce’ (BBC) Rocket and air strikes have continued between Gaza militants and Israel despite Palestinian claims a truce had been restored. Several rockets hit Israeli soil on Thursday and Israel’s military said it had launched retaliatory air strikes…

Syrian archbishop discusses Lent during war (Fides) Maronite Archbishop Samir Nassar of Damascus says another Lent spent in war “will mean pain and violence,” but “from this abyss of suffering [one can also see] miraculous signs of light and hope, [such as] the mutual assistance and solidarity expressed spontaneously by poor families who open their doors to impoverished refugees…”

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