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The U.S. Knights of Columbus are partnering with Project Medishare for Haiti to make prosthetic limbs available to Haitian children injured during the earthquake on Jan. 12. • The Turkish government’s decision to allow Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to celebrate the feast of the Dormition of Mary on Aug. 15 at the Panagia Soumela Monastery was a sign of hope for Turkey’s Christian minority, said Thomas Michel, S.J., of Ankara • A coalition of former employees, patients and Greenwich Village residents is suing the New York State Department of Health demanding documents related to the closure of St. Vincent’s Hospital in April. • The hedge fund titan and atheist Robert Wilson backed up his faith in New York City Catholic schools with $5.6 million to fund a program that connects Catholic elementary schools to potential alumni-donors. • The Parkman Professor of Divinity and Comparative Theology at Harvard Divinity School, Francis X. Clooney, S.J., was elected a corresponding fellow of the British Academy, Great Britain’s national body for the humanities and social sciences. He is a frequent contributor to America’s Web edition.

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In a video, His Holiness Pope Francis speaks at TED2017, April 25, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED
Pope Francis asked all people to work toward a future that lifts up society’s most marginalized, including migrants, the sick, the unemployed and prisoners.
Michael J. O'LoughlinApril 26, 2017
Edward Lally (center) is joined by his schola, Sarah Coffman, Katherine Keberlein, Ngaire Bull and Sarah Beatty, at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Chicago on April 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of Sarah Beatty.
With chant “you’re expressing something in pure melody."
Judith ValenteApril 25, 2017
Vivian Tuttle holds a photo of her daughter Yvonne, who was murdered during a 2002 bank robbery in Norfolk, Neb., as she testifies in favor of the death penalty at a public hearing in Omaha, Neb. in October 2016 (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, file).
The fight against the death penalty lays bare the strengths and weaknesses of the Catholic approach to pro-life issues.
Joseph P. HooverApril 25, 2017
Bill Nye's gags are every bit as goofy as they were in the ’90s. But his new show on Netflix is weighed down by a condescending attitude.
Eric Sundrup, S.J.April 25, 2017