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The Vatican and the Palestine Liberation Organization have resumed diplomatic talks toward an agreement “regulating and promoting the presence and activities of the Catholic Church in the Palestinian Territories.” • On Dec. 13 two Jesuit priests, William J. Bichsel, 82, and Stephen M. Kelly, 61, and three Sacred Heart Sisters, Anne Montgomery, 83, Susan Crane, 65, and Lynne Greenwald, 61, were convicted on charges related to a protest action against nuclear weapons at a naval base in Washington State. • According to a decree from the Legionaries of Christ on Dec. 6, members of the order and its lay association may privately keep photos of the order’s disgraced priest-founder, Marcial Maciel Degollado, but they cannot publicly display photographs of him “alone or with the Holy Father.” • Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta succeeded Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York as moderator of Jewish affairs for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, effective Dec. 12. • Senior South Korean priests asked Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk on Dec. 13 to resign as archbishop of Seoul after he publically disagreed with a statement from his fellow Korean bishops that deplored a dam project as “thoughtless development.”

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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