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Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee plans to veto legislation meant to force Vanderbilt University to exempt student religious groups from its nondiscrimination policy. • The Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., are facing lawsuits from Catholic schoolteachers fired for pursuing in vitro fertilization treatments. • On May 2 Cardinal Sean Brady of Ireland said he will not resign despite questions raised in a BBC documentary about his role in a canonical inquiry into a pedophile priest in 1975. • Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago on April 25 presided over the burial of some of the 120 fetuses stored at a medical examiner’s office. • The Obama administration has issued guidelines for federally funded faith-based groups, ranging from explanations of the term “explicitly religious” activity to ways to preserve religious identities while using federal funds. • As the May 27 deadline approaches for a new constitution in Nepal, Bishop Anthony Sharma, S.J., apostolic vicar to that country, said on May 3, “We want a secular state, which protects freedoms and individual rights and recognizes all religious communities...that gives women equal rights, equal opportunity, finally overcoming the caste system.”

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In this photo taken May 19, 2017, a GPO worker stacks copies of "Analytical Perspectives Budget of the U.S. Government Fiscal Year 2018" onto a pallet at the U.S. Government Publishing Office's (GPO) plant in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The budget’s moral measure will be assessed by “how well it promotes the common good of all,” the bishops write.
Kevin ClarkeMay 22, 2017
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Nathan SchneiderMay 22, 2017
Given the number of those in the California legal system today who are Latino, “you can guess a large percentage of them are Catholic.”
Jim McDermottMay 22, 2017
Pope Francis waves during a visit to give an Easter blessing to homes in a public housing complex in Ostia, a Rome suburb on the Mediterranean Sea, May 19 (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano).
Vatican leaders seem quietly confident that the meeting will go well.
Gerard O'ConnellMay 22, 2017