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The television news analyst Thomas D. Williams, L.C., was removed from public ministry on May 15 by the Legionaries of Christ after admitting he had a relationship with a woman “a number of years ago” and fathered her child. • Members of the Shalom community came to the Vatican on May 16 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their founding and the final approval of their statutes by the Vatican. • On May 14 the former British prime minister, Tony Blair, said the world would be heading for “tragedy and disaster”without faith. • Sued by the Vatican after an ad campaign that used a photograph doctored to show Pope Benedict XVI kissing a Muslim leader, the Italian fashion house Benetton reached an out-of-court settlement on May 15 that requires it to make an unspecified donation to a Catholic charity. • The world’s oldest Catholic bishop, Bishop Antoine Nguyen Van Thien of Vietnam, died on May 13 in France two months after his 106th birthday. • Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the Society of St. Pius X, acknowledged on May 11 that there might be a split in the breakaway society if it decides to reconcile with the Vatican.

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Pope Francis listens to a question from Vera Shcherbakova of the Itar-Tass news agency while talking with journalists aboard his flight from Cairo to Rome April 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
The situation in North Korea, he added, has been heated for a long time, "but now it seems it has heated up too much, no?"
Gerard O'ConnellApril 29, 2017
Pope Francis greets children dressed as pharaohs and in traditional dress as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo April 29. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Francis took the risk, trusting in God. His decision transmitted a message of hope on the political front to all Egyptians, Christians and Muslims alike, who are well aware that their country is today a target for ISIS terrorists and is engaged in a battle against terrorism.
Gerard O'ConnellApril 29, 2017
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo April 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
The only kind of fanaticism that is acceptable to God is being fanatical about loving and helping others, Pope Francis said on his final day in Egypt.
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists in the Oval Office at the White House on March 24 after the American Health Care Act was pulled before a vote. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)
Predictably Mr. Trump has also clashed with the Catholic Church and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on many of the policies he has promoted during his first 100 days.
Kevin ClarkeApril 28, 2017