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The page shows many images of Iranian women with joyful smiles on their faces and their hair — normally hidden beneath a hijab — blowing in the wind.

“It had been the very first time I had ever seen the desert,” posted one woman in a photo standing in the desert, her face to the sun. “As sun was rising in order to respect her beauty, I took my headscarf off so that she could see me beautiful too. That feeling was great I was fearless in the desert..”


More than 1 billion people around the globe harbor anti-Semitic feelings, and 35 percent of the population has never heard of the Holocaust, according to a survey from the Anti-Defamation League.

The survey was conducted between July 2013 and February 2014, and is compiled from answers from more than 53,000 interviews conducted in more than 100 countries and territories.

“For the first time we have a real sense of how pervasive and persistent anti-Semitism is today around the world,” ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman said.

The survey scores were compiled by asking people to choose between “probably true” and “probably false” for 11 anti-Semitic stereotypes. These stereotypes included “Jews are more loyal to Israel than they are to [the country the surveyed person lives in],” and “Jews still talk too much about what happened to them during the Holocaust.”

Barry Curtiss-Lusher, ADL National Chair, called some of the levels of anti-Semitism “shocking.”

About 26 percent of those surveyed harbored some kind of anti-Semitic feeling, by answering “probably true” to six or more stereotypes.

What an excellent day for AN Ex Corde Ecclesiae

The author of “The Exorcist” has a bone to pick with his alma mater Georgetown University, and he might have a powerful ally in Rome.

William Peter Blatty, the creative mind behind the story of an old priest, a young priest, and a possessed girl, received a response from the Vatican regarding his petition for the school to lose its label as both “Catholic” and “Jesuit.”

According to a report in National Catholic Register, Archbishop Angelo Vincenzo Zani, the secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education responded to Mr. Blatty’s petition saying that, while the congregation could not grant Mr. Blatty’s petition for “hierarchic recourse,” the Register said, Archbishop Zani did say the petition does “constitute a well-founded complaint.”

In his 10-page request filed in September and includes 2,000 signatures of support, Mr. Blatty admitted that while he owed a lot to the school, “it grieves me that Georgetown University today almost seems to take pride in insulting the Church and offending the faithful.”

Mr. Blatty and his supporters are using the platform of Ex Corde Ecclesia, a code of conduct for Catholic universities set forth by Pope John Paul II.

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