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Human rights groups are demanding an investigation into the failure of U.N. forces to prevent a raid in which nearly 200 women were systematically gang raped in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in late July. The U.K.’s Cardinal Keith O’Brien accused the BBC of institutional bias against “Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular,” charging that its news coverage is contaminated by “a radically secular and socially liberal mindset.”  ♦  A French physician and professor of bioethics, Father Bruno Cadore, was elected superior general of the Dominicans Sept. 5.  ♦  Churches and human rights groups in South Africa are expressing concern over the South African government’s decision to withdraw a special permit granted that had allowed thousands of Zimbabweans to reside in the country without documents.  ♦  GuideStar, which tracks performance in the non-profit sector, reports that 40 percent of charities saw a year-over-year decrease in donations between January and May.  ♦  Condemning triple suicide bombings that killed 30 at a Shiite religious ceremony in Pakistan, Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore said the Sept. 1 attacks, committed as “thousands of flood victims await international support, [were] cowardly.”

 

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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)
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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)
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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)
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Kevin ClarkeApril 28, 2017