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Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, of Mosul, Iraq (right), will be honored posthumously with the 2009 Path to Peace Award in New York on June 9. Archbishop Rahho pushed for tolerance among Iraqis following the start of the Iraq War. He was kidnapped and killed after a prayer service in 2008. • Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun called the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre martyrs who died to promote democracy and a clean government in China. More than 600 Catholics attended a May 29 Mass celebrated by Cardinal Zen, retired bishop of Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the uprising. • Officials in the Diocese of Regensburg, Germany, have said plans by the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X to ordain new priests without Vatican consent at a local seminary will lead to their excommunication. "This will be uncanonical, since they have no entitlement to conduct their own ordinations," said diocese spokesman Jakub Schotz. • Haitian Father Gerard Jean-Juste, an often controversial advocate for the poor and impoverished in Haiti and for Haitian refugees in the United States, died in a Miami hospital May 27 of complications from a stroke and a lung problem. He was 62.

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Almost all major cities in the United States have experienced major decreases in violent crime over the past 25 years.
James T. KeaneFebruary 24, 2017
This is not a country at ease with itself, if it ever were. The United Kingdom continues to display more and more intolerance and anger.
David StewartFebruary 24, 2017

On St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrate our Irish heritage and our good fortune to be Americans.

George J. MitchellFebruary 24, 2017
“The Catholic Church stands in love with the Jewish community in the current face of anti-Semitism.”
Michael O'LoughlinFebruary 24, 2017