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More than 200,000 people gathered on March 21 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., heard Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles address the March for America supporting comprehensive immigration reform. • Byron Lima Estrada, a retired army colonel convicted in the 1998 killing of Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera of Guatemala City was paroled on March 16. • Chiara Luce Badano, an Italian member of Focolare who died of bone cancer just before her 19th birthday in 1990, will be beatified on Sept. 25 at a shrine outside Rome. • A High Court decision in London on March 17 exempted a Catholic adoption agency from having to accept same-sex and cohabiting couples who present themselves as prospective parents. • At the request of the bishops of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Vatican has established an international commission to study alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje in Bosnia. • Pope Benedict XVI will preside at the beatification ceremony of Cardinal John Henry Newman in Coventry, England, during a four-day visit to the United Kingdom from Sept. 16 to 19.

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In a video, His Holiness Pope Francis speaks at TED2017, April 25, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED
Pope Francis asked all people to work toward a future that lifts up society’s most marginalized, including migrants, the sick, the unemployed and prisoners.
Michael J. O'LoughlinApril 26, 2017
Edward Lally (center) is joined by his schola, Sarah Coffman, Katherine Keberlein, Ngaire Bull and Sarah Beatty, at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Chicago on April 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of Sarah Beatty.
With chant “you’re expressing something in pure melody."
Judith ValenteApril 25, 2017
Vivian Tuttle holds a photo of her daughter Yvonne, who was murdered during a 2002 bank robbery in Norfolk, Neb., as she testifies in favor of the death penalty at a public hearing in Omaha, Neb. in October 2016 (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, file).
The fight against the death penalty lays bare the strengths and weaknesses of the Catholic approach to pro-life issues.
Joseph P. HooverApril 25, 2017
Bill Nye's gags are every bit as goofy as they were in the ’90s. But his new show on Netflix is weighed down by a condescending attitude.
Eric Sundrup, S.J.April 25, 2017