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Pope Benedict XVI and the secretary-general of the League of Arab States signed an agreement on April 23 at the Vatican, pledging to cooperate more closely in the promotion of dialogue, justice and peace. • Northern Ireland’s Catholic bishops have met with representatives of a loyalist group in an effort to build “peace, understanding and reconciliation,” Cardinal Seán Brady (right) of Armagh, Ireland, said on April 25. • The Israeli Civil Administration has ordered workers to stop constructing a platform inside the Aida refugee camp in the West Bank for use during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the camp. An Israeli spokesman said the construction is in an area under Israeli jurisdiction and is being carried out without a permit. • Citing concerns about plans to honor President Barack Obama, former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Mary Ann Glendon has turned down the prestigious Laetare Medal from the University of Notre Dame, which was to be awarded to her on May 17.

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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