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The effort to reintegrate the Society of St. Pius X into the Catholic Church “absolutely does not mean” that the church will accept the anti-Jewish or anti-Semitic positions espoused by some society members, said Cardinal Kurt Koch on Nov. 7 in L’Osservatore Romano. • Bishops in Cuba called on Nov. 6 for emergency assistance to help feed and shelter victims of Hurricane Sandy, which cut a devastating path through the eastern part of that island. • The new archbishop of Canterbury is Justin Welby, 56, right, a former oil executive who “was unable to get away from a sense of God calling.’’ • Two of the nation’s largest Catholic hospital systems, Michigan-based Trinity Health and Pennsylvania-based Catholic Health East, are exploring a consolidation. • Congress will become a shade more religiously diverse this January after the election of two Democrats from Hawaii—Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu-American congresswoman, and Mazie Hirono, the nation’s first Buddhist senator. • After almost three and a half years at the Vatican, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel H. Diaz, is returning home to resume teaching at the University of Dayton.

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Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M., prays on Nov. 16 during the opening of the 2015 fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
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