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Archbishop William D. Borders, who retired in 1989 as the 13th archbishop of Baltimore, died on April 19. He was 96. • The legislative action arm of the Family Research Council announced on April 19 that it would raise $500,000 to target 20 Democratic incumbents who voted for health care reform. • Bishop Paul Meng Qinglu, 47, became bishop of Hohhot in north central China on April 18, the first bishop ordained on the mainland since December 2007. • Rio de Janeiro’s towering Christ the Redeemer statue, undergoing restoration, was spray-painted with graffiti by vandals, marring the world-famous monument in an act Rio’s mayor called a “crime against the nation.”• Caritas agencies in China are racing to assist survivors of the earthquake that hit Yushu County in Qinghai Province on April 7, killing more than 2,000 people and injuring more than 12,000. • The Carter Center reported that while Sudan’s elections on April 17 were imperfect, they represent a key benchmark in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and contribute to increased political and civic participation in Sudan.

 

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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