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Thailand’s Catholic aid agency was refused access to more than 4,000 ethnic Hmong asylum seekers in the northern part of the country as Thai soldiers arrived to deport them to Laos on Dec. 27. • Catholic aid officials from the Diocese of Gizo joined relief efforts on Jan. 4 in the Solomon Islands after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake and a resulting tsunami left at least 1,000 people homeless. • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given a five-year, $5.9 million grant to the New York-based Catholic Medical Mission Board to fight the spread of H.I.V. and AIDS in southern Sudan. • Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be among the subjects depicted on U.S. stamps debuting in 2010. • The Malaysian High Court in Kuala Lumpur ruled on Dec. 31 that a national Catholic weekly could use the word Allah to refer to God and that the Home Ministry’s order banning certain uses of Allah was illegal. • The veteran astronomer George V. Coyne, S.J., was honored on Jan. 4 by the American Astronomical Society for his work in building up a Vatican-sponsored summer school for young astronomers and promoting discussions on the intersection of religion and science.

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Pope Francis greets children dressed as pharaohs and in traditional dress as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo April 29. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Francis took the risk, trusting in God. His decision transmitted a message of hope on the political front to all Egyptians, Christians and Muslims alike, who are well aware that their country is today a target for ISIS terrorists and is engaged in a battle against terrorism.
Gerard O'ConnellApril 29, 2017
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo April 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
The only kind of fanaticism that is acceptable to God is being fanatical about loving and helping others, Pope Francis said on his final day in Egypt.
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists in the Oval Office at the White House on March 24 after the American Health Care Act was pulled before a vote. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)
Predictably Mr. Trump has also clashed with the Catholic Church and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on many of the policies he has promoted during his first 100 days.
Kevin ClarkeApril 28, 2017
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Jake MartinApril 28, 2017