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A man found driving the car owned by Marguerite Bartz, of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, on Nov. 6 has been charged in the sister’s murder. She was found dead in her convent in Navajo, N.M., five days earlier. • The State of Virginia executed the mass killer John Allen Muhammad on Nov. 10 despite a call for mercy for the convicted sniper by Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington. • Sister Donna Quinn received a reprimand from the Sinsinawa Dominicans of Wisconsin on Nov. 2 for serving as a volunteer escort at an abortion clinic in suburban Chicago. • American deacon Jack Sullivan, 71, of Marshfield, Mass., described during a press conference in London on Nov. 9 how he was suddenly and inexplicably cured from a severe spinal condition after he prayed for healing through the intercession of Cardinal John Henry Newman. • Commenting on a wave of kidnapping, rape and assault of undocumented people in southern Mexico, the Rev. José Alejandro Solalinde, director of the Mexican bishops’ migrant ministry, said at a forum on Nov. 3, “The mafias...have now discovered how to get rich off migrants.”

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