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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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