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An ad reportedly profiling Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow's mother Pam and her decision against medical advice not to abort him is scheduled to air on CBS during the network's broadcast of the Feb. 7 Super Bowl. • Britain's House of Lords rejected government proposals that the Catholic bishops said could have forced the church to accept women, sexually active gays and transsexuals into the priesthood, voting 216-178 on Jan. 25 in favor of an Equality Bill amendment to protect the existing rights of churches to insist that clergy and high-profile lay employees live consistent with Christian moral teaching. • Results from studies on the remains of a first-century shroud discovered on the edge of the Old City of Jerusalem prove that the famous Shroud of Turin could not have originated from Jerusalem of Jesus' time, said a prominent archaeologist. • Profits from the sale of a Vatican stamp commemorating the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace in Mentorella, Italy, expected to be more than $210,000, will be donated to the people of Haiti. • More than 25 years after the Vatican approved opening the sainthood cause of 16th-century Jesuit missionary Matteo Ricci, the diocese of his birth formally reopened his case, Bishop Claudio Giuliodori of Macerata announced during a Mass on Jan. 24 in the Macerata cathedral. • In a Jan. 23 message embracing the evangelizing potential of digital media, Pope Benedict XVI asked priests around the world to use Web sites, videos and blogs as tools of pastoral ministry.

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Pope Francis shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi, in Cairo, April 28 (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia).
The pope emphasized that Egypt, because of its history and geographical position, “occupies a unique role in the Middle East.
Gerard O'ConnellApril 28, 2017
Pope Francis embraces Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar University, at a conference on international peace in Cairo April 28. The pope was making a two-day visit to Egypt. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
“What is needed are peacemakers, not fomenters of conflict; firefighters not arsonists; preachers of reconciliation and not instigators of destruction.”
Gerard O'ConnellApril 28, 2017
President Trump’s budget provides a boost to “our common defense” at the price of cutting support for “the general welfare.”
Leon E. PanettaApril 28, 2017
 04.19.2017 Pope Francis greets a young choir member during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
The pope practices a 'very pastorally engaged moral theology.'
Sean Salai, S.J.April 28, 2017