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Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore has written to Pakistan’s president expressing concern over a regulation that allows Islamic law to be implemented in northwestern Pakistan. “We note with sorrow that your government has failed to take stock of the concerns of civil society,” he said. • By proposing to allow the use of federal funds for stem-cell research on embryos, the National Institutes of Health opens “a new chapter in divorcing biomedical research from its necessary ethical foundation,” said Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia on April 21. • The Catholic bishops of New York State called for the defeat of legislation proposed by New York Gov. David A. Paterson on April 16 that would permit same-sex marriages. • U.S. Catholics are generally optimistic about their church, according to the 2009 LeMoyne-Zogby Contemporary Catholic Trends survey released in April. Close to three-fourths of those responding said they were at least somewhat optimistic about the church’s future: 36 percent said they were very optimistic; and 37 percent were somewhat optimistic. • The Benedictine priest Stanley L. Jaki (right), a Hungarian-born author, physicist, philosopher and theologian, died on April 7 in Madrid. He was 84.

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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