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On June 23 Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens honored auxilary Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan for his “fifty years of vision, leadership and unwavering support” at the annual Bishop’s Humanitarian Award Dinner. • According to the G.A.O., six organizations that perform or promote abortion received at least $967 million in federal funding in the fiscal years 2002 through 2009 • Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, head of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, expressed “grave concern” about an F.D.A. decision to label as an emergency contraceptive a drug thought to cause abortions. • The Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook, a Baptist pastor, has been nominated by President Obama to be ambassador at large for international religious freedom. • Caritas Internationalis says at least 10 million people in West Africa’s Sahel region face hunger unless the international community responds to the mounting food crisis. • Bishop J. Kevin Boland of Savannah, Ga., bishop promoter of the Apostleship of the Sea, announced on June 16 that the apostleship was setting up a network to help both the environment and people affected by the BP disaster.

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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