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As Catholic Charities USA responds to victims of Hurricane Sandy, donations can be made online at www.catholiccharitiesusa.org or by calling (800) 919-9338. • Hospitals in the United Kingdom have received £12.4 million (nearly $16 million) for implementing a controversial end-of-life patient-care protocol that critics say is a “euthanasia pathway.” • “Conscious of the devastation caused by the hurricane that recently struck the East Coast of the United States of America, I offer my prayers for the victims and express my solidarity with all those engaged in the work of rebuilding,” Pope Benedict XVI said on Oct. 31 at the end of his weekly general audience. • A ruling in Oklahoma that stopped an attempt to amend the state constitution to define personhood in order to ban abortion will stand after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal on Oct. 29. • Songs in Quechua and Spanish filled the Cathedral of Santo Domingo as thousands celebrated the 475th anniversary of the Diocese of Cusco, Peru, the first Catholic diocese in South America, on Oct. 27. • The 2012 Pax Christi International Peace Award was presented on Oct. 31 to Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Nigeria.

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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