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St. Vincent’s Affordable Housing in Santa Barbara, Calif., a project of the western U.S. province of the Daughters of Charity and Mercy Housing California, was named one of the nation’s best affordable housing developments by Affordable Housing Finance magazine. • Thousands of onlookers welcomed the relics of St. Thérèse of Lisieux to Westminster Cathedral in London on Oct. 12. • Blessed Teresa of Calcutta was “an Indian citizen and she is resting in her own country,” said a spokesperson for the Indian government, in response to a request from Albania to repatriate her remains • Nuns from congregations nationwide laboring for Nuns Build were swinging hammers and hanging wallboard on Oct. 5 to 9 in New Orleans homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina. • Pope Benedict XVI has awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross for distinguished service to the church to Mother Mary Angelica, founder of the Eternal Word Television Network, and Deacon Bill Steltemeier, chairman of EWTN’s board of governors • The pope also named two prominent U.S. geneticists, Francis S. Collins, M.D., director of the National Institutes of Health, and Edward M. De Robertis, M.D., a professor of biological chemistry at the University of California at Los Angeles, to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

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Death-row inmate Ledell Lee. A ruling from the state Supreme Court allowing officials to use a lethal injection drug that a supplier says was misleadingly obtained cleared the way for Arkansas to execute Ledell Lee on Thursday, April 20, 2017, although he still had pending requests for reprieve. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP)
To take Holy Communion in the face of death is to say that it is fellowship, and not food, that matters most.
Terrance KleinApril 26, 2017
A man rides a bicycle past a billboard with an image of Pope Francis April 26 ahead of the pontiff's April 28-29 visit to Cairo. (CNS photo/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Reuters)
“Peace be with you” was the message of the Risen Jesus to his disciples on the first Easter, and it is the message Francis will bring to the Muslim and Christian communities in this land.
Gerard O'ConnellApril 26, 2017
Pope Francis is presented with a football helmet by Michigan football team coach Jim Harbaugh during the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
Coach Jim Harbaugh presented a custom Wolverines helmet and a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers to Pope Francis.
Michael J. O'LoughlinApril 26, 2017
The 'Hamlet'-inspired play made the playwright Tom Stoppard an overnight sensation.
David StewartApril 26, 2017