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Malaysian Catholic bishops called the escalation of violence against Christian churches in their country “worrisome and delicate,” after a court decision allowing non-Muslims to use the word Allah triggered reprisal attacks. • As Pope Benedict XVI visited Rome’s main synagogue on Jan. 17, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York hosted a kosher buffet luncheon for 14 Jewish leaders at his residence. • Organizers of the 37th annual March for Life expect about 3,000 activists in a first-ever vigil the night before the Jan. 22 march across the street from the White House to sing, pray and reiterate their plea to end legal abortion in the United States. • More than 200 have been killed and scores wounded in rioting in January between gangs of Christians and Muslims in the Nigerian city of Jos. • Pope Benedict XVI will convene Ireland’s bishops for a two-day meeting on Feb. 15-16 at the Vatican to discuss the ongoing fallout from the scandal of sexual abuse by priests in that country.

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“Amoris Laetitia” addresses the reality of Catholics in “non-legitimate unions” and opens the possibility for them to receive the Eucharist under certain conditions.
Gerard O'ConnellFebruary 22, 2017
Immigration officials “no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement” and “have full authority to arrest or apprehend an alien whom an immigration officer has probable cause to believe is in violation of the immigration laws.”
Michael O'LoughlinFebruary 21, 2017
El sistema de libre empresa es compatible con nuestra preocupación por los desfavorecidos, escribe un economista y católico converso.
Arthur C. BrooksFebruary 21, 2017
The pope's emphasis on protecting undocumented workers is particularly significant for Europe and the United States, where the treatment of refugees and migrants has been a consistent challenge.
Gerard O'ConnellFebruary 21, 2017