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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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U.S. Catholic bishops have issued a flurry of statements about the many executive orders signed by Mr. Trump.
Michael J. O'LoughlinMarch 01, 2017
If immigration agents show up without a warrant, to "tell them politely they cannot come on the premises, ask them for their contact information and tell them to contact the (archdiocese) Office of Legal Services."
Trump may have given one restrained speech, but Steve Bannon still hews to a vision of America under siege.
Jason BlakelyMarch 01, 2017
People are sinning and repenting of their sins all year round. So, why make a day of it?
Terrance W. KleinFebruary 28, 2017