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A group of more than 100 Palestinian Christians, Muslims, internationals and some Jewish supporters managed to breach the tight security separating Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Palm Sunday in a demonstration demanding the right of movement between the two cities. • Vatican historical documents, including material regarding the role of the church during World War II, are now online and available for consultation on the official Vatican Web site. • The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Migration and Refugee Services was the recipient of the University of Dayton’s 2010 Archbishop Oscar Romero Human Rights Award on March 29. • Top officials of the Legionaries of Christ acknowledged on March 26 that the order’s founder, the late Marcial Maciel Degollado, sexually abused young seminarians, and they asked forgiveness for failing to listen to his accusers. • Welcoming news of a new U.S.-Russia treaty to reduce nuclear weapons stockpiles, Joseph Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, said, “This vision of a world without the Damocles sword of nuclear weapons hanging over it...is one whose time has come.”

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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