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Carl A. Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, called a federal appeals court’s March 11 ruling, which upheld the constitutionality of the phrase “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, a “breath of fresh air from a court system that has too often seemed to be almost allergic to public references to God.” • The Archdiocese of Chicago is seeking the canonization of the Rev. Augustine Tolton, the first U.S. priest of African descent. • Grand Sheik Mohammed Sayyid Tantawi, one of Sunni Islam’s leading clerics and a supporter of Catholic-Muslim dialogue, died of a heart attack March 10 at the age of 81. • In an address on March 12 to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi called upon the nations of the world to respect the right of all people to practice religion freely and urged world leaders to punish those who persecute religious minorities. • Cardinal Seán Brady of Armagh, Northern Ireland, insisted on March 14 that he would not resign after it was revealed that he failed to report allegations of child abuse by a priest to the police in 1975. • Rio de Janeiro’s statue of Christ with outstretched arms is undergoing a $4.35-million refurbishment to repair damage caused over the years by the elements.

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Pope Francis listens to a question from Vera Shcherbakova of the Itar-Tass news agency while talking with journalists aboard his flight from Cairo to Rome April 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
The situation in North Korea, he added, has been heated for a long time, "but now it seems it has heated up too much, no?"
Gerard O'ConnellApril 29, 2017
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