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In Potocari, Bosnia-Herzegovina, on July 11, the 17th anniversary of the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Serb forces at Srebrenica, the bodies of 520 recently identified victims were buried. • Christian and Muslim leaders in Kenya appealed for calm and prayer on July 3, a week after attacks against Christians left at least 17 people dead. • In a move that could strain relations with the Catholic Church and within the Anglican Communion, the Episcopal Church approved liturgical resources for the blessing of same-sex relationships on July 9. • Now that a former Muslim Brotherhood leader, Mohamed Morsi, has been elected president, Christians in Egypt can expect a better future after years of being second-class citizens, said Bishop Kyrillos William, administrator of the Coptic Catholic Patriarchate of Alexandria, on July 11, speaking in Madrid, Spain. • On July 11, more than a year after his controversial removal, Bishop William Morris of Australia handed over the care of the Diocese of Toowoomba to his successor, Bishop Robert McGuckin.

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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
In this Feb. 20, 2017 file photo, an Indonesian al-Azhar university student, center, and an elderly Egyptian woman pray at al-Azhar Mosque, in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
This weekend, Pope Francis meets in Cairo with Al-Azhar's grand imam, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, their second meeting in a historic initiative to improve Muslim-Christian dialogue.