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Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, called for calm after a suicide car bomb struck a Catholic church on March 11, taking the lives of three worshipers and provoking retaliatory violence that resulted in seven more deaths. • On March 12 Pedro Pimentel Rios, extradited from the United States to Guatemala in July, was sentenced to 6,060 years in prison for his role in the 1982 killing of 201 people during Guatemala’s “Dos Erres” massacre. • On March 13 Cuban authorities granted Havana’s Cardinal Jaime Ortega a rare opportunity to address the nation on state-controlled television to talk about the anticipated arrival of Pope Benedict XVI on March 26. • “We can see Jesus taking Marie by the hand and saying, ‘Blessed are you, Marie, in your hunger and your thirst for righteousness,’” said the Rev. Dennis Mason of St. Dominic’s parish in Oyster Bay, N.Y., during the funeral Mass on March 12 for Marie Colvin, a veteran war correspondent killed in Homs, Syria. • Caritas Internationalis reports that requests for aid are increasing and one million people are going hungry in Spain as the nation’s economic crisis continues.

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Celebrating Mass was wonderful the first time I did it 63 years ago. It is, if possible, even more wonderful today.
John Jay HughesApril 27, 2017
House Republicans are making a last-ditch effort to “reform and repeal” the Affordable Care Act before the clock runs out on the Trump administration’s first 100 days on Saturday, April 29.
Kevin ClarkeApril 27, 2017
Death-row inmate Ledell Lee. A ruling from the state Supreme Court allowing officials to use a lethal injection drug that a supplier says was misleadingly obtained cleared the way for Arkansas to execute Ledell Lee on Thursday, April 20, 2017, although he still had pending requests for reprieve. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP)
To take Holy Communion in the face of death is to say that it is fellowship, and not food, that matters most.
Terrance KleinApril 26, 2017
A man rides a bicycle past a billboard with an image of Pope Francis April 26 ahead of the pontiff's April 28-29 visit to Cairo. (CNS photo/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Reuters)
“Peace be with you” was the message of the Risen Jesus to his disciples on the first Easter, and it is the message Francis will bring to the Muslim and Christian communities in this land.
Gerard O'ConnellApril 26, 2017