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Pope Benedict XVI will visit Lebanon on Sept. 14 to 16 to formally end the Synod for the Middle East that began in October 2010 and to deliver an apostolic exhortation based on the synod deliberations. • Jan Karski, the late Polish-American professor who tried to alert the world to the horrors of the Holocaust, will be honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during an event this summer. • Caritas Internationalis is trying to find out more about the whereabouts of three staff members who were arrested on April 23 as Sudan security forces shut down the offices of the Caritas-affiliate Sudan Aid in southern Darfur. • More than 22,104 people from 101 dioceses, 75 percent of them adults, were baptized in China on Easter Sunday, • George Doty, a philanthropist noted for funding the repair of the dome of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, passed away in his home in Rye, N.Y., on April 24 at the age of 94. • On April 25 Catholic Democrats and Faithful America, two national groups, delivered a petition with 20,000 signatures to Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worcester in an unsuccessful effort to persuade him to reinstate Victoria Reggie Kennedy as the commencement speaker at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass.

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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
Pope Francis is presented with a football helmet by Michigan football team coach Jim Harbaugh during the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
Coach Jim Harbaugh presented a custom Wolverines helmet and a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers to Pope Francis.
Michael J. O'LoughlinApril 26, 2017
The 'Hamlet'-inspired play made the playwright Tom Stoppard an overnight sensation.
David StewartApril 26, 2017