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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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Pope Francis shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi, in Cairo, April 28 (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia).
The pope emphasized that Egypt, because of its history and geographical position, “occupies a unique role in the Middle East.
Gerard O'ConnellApril 28, 2017
Pope Francis embraces Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar University, at a conference on international peace in Cairo April 28. The pope was making a two-day visit to Egypt. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
“What is needed are peacemakers, not fomenters of conflict; firefighters not arsonists; preachers of reconciliation and not instigators of destruction.”
Gerard O'ConnellApril 28, 2017
President Trump’s budget provides a boost to “our common defense” at the price of cutting support for “the general welfare.”
Leon E. PanettaApril 28, 2017
 04.19.2017 Pope Francis greets a young choir member during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
The pope practices a 'very pastorally engaged moral theology.'
Sean Salai, S.J.April 28, 2017