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On Aug. 29 Catholic Charities USA created a special Hurricane Isaac Fund to help fund its immediate and long-term response to widespread damage left behind by the storm. • Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., a well-known Catholic author and television personality, has given up his longtime spot on the cable network EWTN after making comments that seemed to excuse some priest pedophiles as “seduced” by teens; he later apologized. • South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu refused to share a platform during a conference in Johannesburg with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and suggested that Blair and former U.S. President George W. Bush should be tried for war crimes related to the invasion of Iraq. • The freshmen class at Chicago’s St. Patrick’s High School is the first in the archdiocese to use iPads during daily instruction in a move to replace textbooks for the entire student body by 2014. • New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan offered the benediction at both major party conventions this year, and Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, said during an address at the Democratic Party convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5 that U.S. nuns “agree with our bishops” in criticizing Republican budget proposals.

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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