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Brazilian bishops condemned the release of the rancher Regivaldo Galvão while he appeals his 30-year sentence for the assassination of U.S.-born Sister Dorothy Stang in 2005. • British pro-life groups vowed to take all legal steps possible to halt the broadcast of advertisements for abortion services on U.K. television. • “I assure you of the desire of the Catholic Christians present in your country to contribute to the well-being of your society, to live God-fearing lives and to respect the dignity of all peoples and religions,” Pope Benedict XVI told Hissa Abdulla Ahmed al-Otaiba, the first ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the Vatican. • Matt Wessel, a liturgical musician and composer from Milwaukee, Wis., has launched the Web site www.holymeasures.com to allow composers to sell their own work directly. • On May 19, the bishops of Belgium sought forgiveness from victims of sexual abuse by priests and promised steps to curb the problem in the future. • Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, buried in an unmarked grave nearly 500 years ago because the church believed his theories were heretical, was reburied and honored in a ceremony at Frombork Cathedral in northern Poland on May 22.

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In this photo taken May 19, 2017, a GPO worker stacks copies of "Analytical Perspectives Budget of the U.S. Government Fiscal Year 2018" onto a pallet at the U.S. Government Publishing Office's (GPO) plant in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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Kevin ClarkeMay 22, 2017
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Nathan SchneiderMay 22, 2017
Given the number of those in the California legal system today who are Latino, “you can guess a large percentage of them are Catholic.”
Jim McDermottMay 22, 2017
Pope Francis waves during a visit to give an Easter blessing to homes in a public housing complex in Ostia, a Rome suburb on the Mediterranean Sea, May 19 (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano).
Vatican leaders seem quietly confident that the meeting will go well.
Gerard O'ConnellMay 22, 2017