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In a letter to the president of Zambia, the country's Catholic bishops called on the government not to ratify an African Union protocol that includes articles on separation, divorce and the annulment of marriage and "the protection of reproductive rights of women by authorizing medical abortion.” • In a statement criticizing development policies that they say threaten the future of Amazonian communities and the environment, nine Peruvian bishops from the Amazon region urged the government in April to overturn a series of environmental decrees issued in 2008. • President Barack Obama's proposal to bar future students from entering the District of Columbia's federally-funded school voucher program means a slow death for an initiative that works, said Washington archdiocesan officials. • Norbertine Father Robert J. Cornell, one of only three priests ever to serve in the U.S. Congress, died May 10 at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, Wis. He was 89. A Democrat, Father Cornell represented Wisconsin's 8th District from 1975 to 1979.

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A rally hosted by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont for a Nebraska Democrat prompted a flurry of questions about the party's pro-choice orthodoxy.
Michael O'LoughlinApril 24, 2017
Omaha Democratic mayoral candidate Heath Mello waves to supporters at a rally on April 20.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
The expulsion of pro-life candidates may doom the Democrats to minority status.
Robert David SullivanApril 24, 2017
Miroslava Breach Velducea. Photo courtesy of Patricia Mayorga.
Four attacks on reporters in such a short timespan have shocked Mexico, already a country press freedom organizations say is one the most dangerous in the Western Hemisphere for journalists.
Jan-Albert HootsenApril 24, 2017
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.