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Security has been tightened around churches and Christian towns in Iraq following a series of attacks in recent weeks that have targeted Christians, according to The Washington Post. • Church officials in Zimbabwe said that the church there “is well-positioned to reach people and bring them into the process” of drafting the new constitution. As part of a power-sharing agreement, Zimbabwe is to draft a constitution that will go before voters for approval in 2010. • Catholic bishops in western Mexico called for three days of prayer for the end to a wave of revenge-driven, drug-cartel violence that has engulfed the State of Michoacan. • Eddie Panlilio (right), a Catholic priest who serves as governor of the Philippine province of Pampanga, has written the bishop requesting a dispensation from his priestly responsibilities so that he may run for president in 2010.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, accompanied by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, following after a Republican policy luncheon. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Philippine government soldiers walk past a mosque before their May 25 assault on Maute insurgents, who have taken over large parts of the town of Marawi. Residents started to evacuate Marawi after President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the entire Muslim-majority region of Mindanao. (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters)
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