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On April 16 the Rev. Edwin Gariguez of the Philippines was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for his “fearless” leadership in protecting the environment and the indigenous community on the island of Mindoro. • The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on April 17 appealed a ruling by a federal court in Massachusetts that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services violated the First Amendment in a contract to provide services to victims of human trafficking with the conference. • Ireland’s parliament rejected legislation on April 19 that would have allowed a controversial 1992 Supreme Court ruling permitting abortion in limited circumstances to take effect. • The Catholic bishops of Guinea-Bissau in West Africa on April 17 repudiated a military coup and called for the respect of democratic rule and for prayer to resolve the conflict peacefully. • Bishop Richard G. Lennon of Cleveland on April 17 said he would not appeal a Vatican ruling but would reopen 12 parishes to promote “peace and unity” in the diocese. • Cecil Chaudhry, a Catholic who fought for human rights for religious minorities in Pakistan, died on April 13 in Lahore at the age of 72.

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At Rome's Basilica of St. Bartholomew, a shrine to modern martyrs, Pope Francis presided over an evening prayer service April 22, honoring Christians killed under Nazism, communism, dictatorships and terrorism.
The conference brought together six lay people from different countries “to reflect on the post-synod apostolic exhortation that has aroused grave perplexities and widespread unease in numerous components of the Catholic world.”
Gerard O'ConnellApril 22, 2017
These photos, patches of uniforms and drawings create a piecemeal account of life at Dachau during and after the war.
Teresa DonnellanApril 21, 2017
Demonstrators march during a Feb. 25 rally organized by Catholics Against the Death Penalty in Southern California (CNS photo/Andrew Cullen, Reuters).
Christianity is not a relic laid in a museum; it is not a book entombed in an archive. It lives in the living people of God.
John T. Noonan, Jr.April 21, 2017