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A special collection for Haiti in Catholic parishes nationwide has raised $58.7 million to date. • In a practical demonstration of the church’s effort to protect children and punish offenders, the Vatican now offers an online summary of its procedures for handling sex abuse allegations. • At a Mass on April 11 in the aftermath of the death of Poland’s President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others in a plane crash on April 10 in Smolensk, Russia, Archbishop Henryk Muszynski of Gniezno, Poland, urged fellow citizens to see the disaster as a “dramatic challenge” to build “a fuller community” at the national level and with neighboring states. • Vatican officials have rebutted allegations that Pope Benedict XVI stalled on a sexual abuse case involving a priest in Oakland, Calif., in 1985 and said critics have fundamentally misunderstood the church procedures in use at the time. • Ecumenism and the challenges facing Christians in the Middle East will be the main focuses of Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to Cyprus from June 4 to 6. • Daniel Sulmasy, a Franciscan brother who is a medical doctor and also holds a doctorate in philosophy, was named to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues on April 7.

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How unfortunate that the arts are caught in the cross-hairs of a ruptured and increasingly misguided political system.
Mark Bosco, S.J. March 28, 2017
The education plan for deportees represents one of the first attempts by the Mexican government to pushback against the policies of the new occupant of the White House.
Jan-Albert HootsenMarch 28, 2017
Me wanting a gang member to have a different life would never be the same as that gang member wanting to have one.
Greg Boyle, S.J.March 28, 2017
President Donald J. Trump’s executive order to repeal key policies meant to curb global warming is a direct contradiction of Catholic social teaching on caring for the environment.
Wyatt MasseyMarch 28, 2017