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Seeking to strengthen relations between American and Vietnamese Catholics, Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., led a small U.S. delegation on a tour of Vietnam that included a stop at a Marian shrine. • A Moscow court sentenced a man to 14 years in prison for the 2008 murder of Victor Betancourt, S.J., but failed to convict him of the murder of a second Jesuit at the scene. • Nearly two-thirds of U.S. Catholics surveyed said they have no opinion on the increased availability of the Tridentine Mass since Pope Benedict XVI made it easier for parishes to offer the traditional liturgy two years ago. • The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a Web page (www.usccb.org/romanmissal) to educate Catholics about the forthcoming English translation of the new Roman Missal. • The Maryknoll Order has confirmed that Roy Bourgeois, M.M., was excommunicated in November 2008 for not recanting his public statements supporting the ordination of women. • The Missionaries of Charity have launched a year of programs celebrating the centennial in 2010 of the birth of Blessed Mother Teresa, the order’s founder.

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“My folks taught us that if someone is hungry, you feed them. That if someone is thirsty, you give them drink. If someone is a stranger you welcome them into your home.”
Michael O'LoughlinFebruary 27, 2017
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