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The Court of Appeal in London has rejected an appliction by the Diocese of Middlesbrough, in northheast England, to appeal a court ruling of Nov. 9 that found it responsible for a $12.8 million claim by victims of child sexual abuse, perhaps the largest such award in English history. • Asia Bibi, 37, a Pakistani woman accused of denigrating the Prophet Mohammed, became on Nov. 7 the first Christian woman ever condemned to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. • Less than a month after Nebraska’s restrictions on abortions took effect, Dr. LeRoy Carhart, a late-term abortion provider in Omaha, Neb., announced plans for new or expanded clinics in Iowa, Indiana and near Washington, D.C. • The Cuban government missed a deadline to release 13 prisoners of conscience, but church efforts on their behalf will continue, said Bishop Arturo Gonzalez of Cuba on Nov. 8 in Miami. • Twenty-six Iraqi Catholics injured in an attack on the Baghdad cathedral on Oct. 31 were transferred to a hospital in Rome on Nov. 13; 35 others had been already transported to Paris on Nov. 10. • Australia’s bishops welcomed a ruling of Australia’s High Court on Nov. 11 that guarantees asylum seekers the same legal protections as Australian citizens and legal residents.

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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