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On May 10 Pope Benedict XVI formalized the status of the 12th-century German mystic St. Hildegard of Bingen, “inscribing her in the catalog of saints.” • On May 9 Pat Gaffney, general secretary of Pax Christi, appealed to South Korea’s President Lee Myung-Bak to stop the destruction of Jeju Island, which is to be paved over for use as a naval base. • Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona signed legislation on May 4 that prohibits the use of tax dollars to contract with organizations that offer abortion as part of their services. • On May 7 in Michigan, a group of Catholic members of Legatus filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block a controversial Health and Human Services requirement that new insurance plans include contraceptive care. • Caribbean bishops on April 27 urged Suriname officials to uphold human rights laws after an amnesty was offered to people convicted in the massacre in 1982 of 15 people who had opposed Suriname’s military government. • On May 4 Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia reinstated three priests who had been suspended because of allegations of past misconduct or child sexual abuse and declared five others “unsuitable for ministry.”

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In a video, His Holiness Pope Francis speaks at TED2017, April 25, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED
Pope Francis asked all people to work toward a future that lifts up society’s most marginalized, including migrants, the sick, the unemployed and prisoners.
Michael J. O'LoughlinApril 26, 2017
Edward Lally (center) is joined by his schola, Sarah Coffman, Katherine Keberlein, Ngaire Bull and Sarah Beatty, at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Chicago on April 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of Sarah Beatty.
With chant “you’re expressing something in pure melody."
Judith ValenteApril 25, 2017
Vivian Tuttle holds a photo of her daughter Yvonne, who was murdered during a 2002 bank robbery in Norfolk, Neb., as she testifies in favor of the death penalty at a public hearing in Omaha, Neb. in October 2016 (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, file).
The fight against the death penalty lays bare the strengths and weaknesses of the Catholic approach to pro-life issues.
Joseph P. HooverApril 25, 2017
Bill Nye's gags are every bit as goofy as they were in the ’90s. But his new show on Netflix is weighed down by a condescending attitude.
Eric Sundrup, S.J.April 25, 2017