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The Mayan human rights activist Rosalina Tuyuc Velásquez of Guatemala is the winner of Japan’s Niwano Peace Prize and will receive a medal and the equivalent of $250,000 during a ceremony in Tokyo in May. • Churches and human rights groups in Zimbabwe have issued an urgent appeal seeking information about Paul Chizuze, a human rights activist missing since Feb. 8. • A suicide bomber from the Islamist militant group Boko Haram drove a car into the headquarters of the Church of Christ in Jos, Nigeria, on Feb. 26, killing four people and injuring 37 and provoking reprisal attacks that led to five more deaths, including that of a church member mistaken for the bomber’s accomplice. • Britain’s Journal of Medical Ethics generated international outrage after publishing online on Feb. 23 an article calling for the acceptance of infanticide for social and medical reasons. • A church used since 1972 by a small group of Christians in Laos’s Savannakhet Province was confiscated on Feb. 22 by Communist authorities bent on halting the “tricks of the enemy” and “operations of the Christians.” • Catholic Charities USA continues to work with its local agencies in Southern and Midwestern states after three waves of late February and early March storms produced scores of tornadoes and left 39 dead in more than 10 states.

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“Amoris Laetitia” addresses the reality of Catholics in “non-legitimate unions” and opens the possibility for them to receive the Eucharist under certain conditions.
Gerard O'ConnellFebruary 22, 2017
Immigration officials “no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement” and “have full authority to arrest or apprehend an alien whom an immigration officer has probable cause to believe is in violation of the immigration laws.”
Michael O'LoughlinFebruary 21, 2017
El sistema de libre empresa es compatible con nuestra preocupación por los desfavorecidos, escribe un economista y católico converso.
Arthur C. BrooksFebruary 21, 2017
The pope's emphasis on protecting undocumented workers is particularly significant for Europe and the United States, where the treatment of refugees and migrants has been a consistent challenge.
Gerard O'ConnellFebruary 21, 2017