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In 2011, 26 pastoral care workers were killed worldwide—18 priests, 4 religious sisters, 4 laypeople—as victims of crimes or in retribution for their activities on behalf of marginalized people. • A grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation will underwrite a survey of Catholic youth by the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations to identify cultural traits that affect openness to a call to a vocation. • At St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, disciplinary paddling is officially over, as is a legal struggle over control of the school following an out-of-court settlement on Dec. 23, 2011. • The bishops of the Philippines are seeking funding for the construction of 1,000 houses for the victims of flooding in December that has claimed the lives of more than 1,200 people and left hundreds of thousands displaced. • Pope Benedict XVI will meet with Cuba’s President Raul Castro and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón when he visits Cuba and Mexico on March 23-28. • Having celebrated their 75th birthdays, two U.S. cardinals and 20 other U.S. bishops will be eligible for retirement in the coming year.

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What type of god would force us to believe? Can we even be forced to believe?
Wyatt MasseyMay 24, 2017
"God does not like to be loved the way a warlord would like, dragging his people to victory, debasing them in the blood of his enemies."
Until now, Islamophobia has been a cornerstone of the Trump presidency, and we should look for more than a momentary shift in rhetoric as evidence for meaningful change.
Pope Francis meets with President Donald Trump on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)
President Donald Trump and Pope Francis held a private 30-minute meeting at the Vatican on Wednesday laden with religious symbolism and ancient protocol.
Gerard O'ConnellMay 24, 2017