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The Vatican announced on July 27 that Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., has been named archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. • Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, on July 13 called on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “reinforce strongly” U.S. opposition to an Israeli commission that recommends legalizing all settlement outposts in the West Bank. • Oswaldo Payá, a prominent Cuban dissident, died in a car crash on July 22 in an incident that his family claims was “not an accident.” • While sentencing Msgr. William J. Lynn of Philadelphia to three to six years in prison for child endangerment, Judge Teresa Samina said the priest turned a blind eye to “monsters in clerical garb” who “destroyed the souls of children.”• Church leaders in India hailed the growing public demand for murder charges against those who aid and abet female feticide, a crime deep-rooted in India, which has only 914 girls for every 1,000 boys.• A federal judge in Nebraska on July 17 dismissed a lawsuit brought by seven states and a number of Nebraska-based Catholic entities that challenged new contraception requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

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How unfortunate that the arts are caught in the cross-hairs of a ruptured and increasingly misguided political system.
Mark Bosco, S.J. March 28, 2017
The education plan for deportees represents one of the first attempts by the Mexican government to pushback against the policies of the new occupant of the White House.
Jan-Albert HootsenMarch 28, 2017
Me wanting a gang member to have a different life would never be the same as that gang member wanting to have one.
Greg Boyle, S.J.March 28, 2017
President Donald J. Trump’s executive order to repeal key policies meant to curb global warming is a direct contradiction of Catholic social teaching on caring for the environment.
Wyatt MasseyMarch 28, 2017