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John Halligan, S.J., and Beatrice Chipeta, a Rosarian sister, were winners of the Opus Prize on Nov. 11. They will split $1.1 million intended to further their work among the poor in Quito, Ecuador, and Malawi respectively. • Contraception and sterilization should not be included among mandated “preventive services” for women under the new health reform law, the U.S.C.C.B.’s Deirdre McQuade told an Institute of Medicine committee on Nov. 16. • An aggressive brain tumor has forced Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, the apostolic nuncio to Great Britain, to seek early retirement. • An Indonesian Catholic seminary, used as a shelter for people escaping Mount Merapi’s volcanic eruptions, hosted hundreds of Muslim victims at a celebration of the Islamic feast of Eid al-Adha on Nov 17. • Modern economies must pay more attention to farmers, not out of yearning for a simpler time, but out of recognition that farms feed the world and offer dignified work to millions of people, Pope Benedict XVI said on Nov. 14. • At their general assembly in Baltimore on Nov. 17, U.S. bishops agreed to prepare a policy statement on assisted suicide before their next meeting in June 2011.

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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