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On April 24 more than 3,500 attended the first traditional Latin Mass in decades at Washington’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, celebrated by Oklahoma’s Bishop Edward J. Slattery. • Economic woes and human rights abuses have thrust Cuba into the most difficult situation “we have experienced in the 21st century,” said Havana’s Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino. • President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston gathered April 25 with thousands in tribute to the 29 miners who lost their lives at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, W.Va. • The Sisters of Notre Dame have produced an opera that tells the story of the order’s 75 years in Indonesia, performed as a fundraiser for a boarding house for girls in West Timor. • The Vatican may take legal action against a company that failed to acquire a promised forest in Hungary, a project that was supposed to make Vatican City the first carbon-neutral country in the world. • On April 22 Christians in Bhopal, India, protested attacks on prayer meetings, and on April 15, Bhopal’s Archbishop Leo Cornelio reminded the government of its “duty to protect all citizens, regardless of caste, religion or other type.”

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At Rome's Basilica of St. Bartholomew, a shrine to modern martyrs, Pope Francis presided over an evening prayer service April 22, honoring Christians killed under Nazism, communism, dictatorships and terrorism.
The conference brought together six lay people from different countries “to reflect on the post-synod apostolic exhortation that has aroused grave perplexities and widespread unease in numerous components of the Catholic world.”
Gerard O'ConnellApril 22, 2017
These photos, patches of uniforms and drawings create a piecemeal account of life at Dachau during and after the war.
Teresa DonnellanApril 21, 2017
Demonstrators march during a Feb. 25 rally organized by Catholics Against the Death Penalty in Southern California (CNS photo/Andrew Cullen, Reuters).
Christianity is not a relic laid in a museum; it is not a book entombed in an archive. It lives in the living people of God.
John T. Noonan, Jr.April 21, 2017