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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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