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Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham, England (right), as archbishop of Westminster. • The Rev. Andrew Wadsworth of the Diocese of Westminster, England, has been appointed executive director of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy, the body that prepares English translations of liturgical texts. • Richard J. Goldstone, the former chief prosecutor of two U.N. criminal tribunals, will lead an investigation into violations of human rights and international law during the recent conflict in the Gaza Strip. • The Council on Foreign Relations has launched a new Web page as part of its Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative: www.cfr.org/religioninitiative. • A Florida-based Christian aid agency announced it has secured the release of 69 nonviolent inmates just in time for Easter. Prisoners in Jamaica, Guyana, Haiti and Honduras who committed nonviolent offenses—but were incarcerated because they lacked funds to pay the required fines—will be released in time to spend Easter with their families. • As many as 150,000 new or returning Catholics are expected to join or return to the Catholic Church in 2009 in the United States. Many of them will do so in parishes across the country during the Easter Vigil on April 11.

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At Rome's Basilica of St. Bartholomew, a shrine to modern martyrs, Pope Francis presided over an evening prayer service April 22, honoring Christians killed under Nazism, communism, dictatorships and terrorism.
The conference brought together six lay people from different countries “to reflect on the post-synod apostolic exhortation that has aroused grave perplexities and widespread unease in numerous components of the Catholic world.”
Gerard O'ConnellApril 22, 2017
These photos, patches of uniforms and drawings create a piecemeal account of life at Dachau during and after the war.
Teresa DonnellanApril 21, 2017
Demonstrators march during a Feb. 25 rally organized by Catholics Against the Death Penalty in Southern California (CNS photo/Andrew Cullen, Reuters).
Christianity is not a relic laid in a museum; it is not a book entombed in an archive. It lives in the living people of God.
John T. Noonan, Jr.April 21, 2017