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Adoption agencies abandon families

by Tiffany Owens
Posted 2/12/13, 06:00 pm

Christian World Adoption Agency (CWA) closed its doors last week, filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and ending the adoption process for 15 families without warning.

According to an explanation posted on its website, CWA couldn’t afford the rising costs of international adoption, among them higher licensing fees and mandatory child care costs for children in partner orphanages abroad.

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Associated Press/Photo by Gregorio Borgia

Pope Benedictus XVI became the first head of the Roman Catholic Church since 1415 to resign∫ announcing he will step down Feb. 28, citing his “advanced age” and health issues. Here is the text of the pope’s letter to the Vatican’s College of Cardinals.

Dear Brothers,

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Associated Press/Photo by Amine Landoulsi

Tunisia is following Egypt into post-revolution uproar after the shooting death of Chokri Belaid, a prominent secularist opponent of the Islamist-led government. Arab Spring revolts began in Tunisia in December 2010. Tens of thousands chanting for “a second revolution” turned out today for Belaid’s funeral in Tunis, and police have fired tear gas on the crowd.

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