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It is his faith in God, particularly “that biblical injunction to serve the least of these, that keeps me going and that keeps me from being overwhelmed,” President Barack Obama said at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 3. • Bread for the World’s president, the Lutheran pastor and economist David Beckmann, describes himself as a careful follower of Catholic social teaching, which he called a great resource for all Christians. • Police in Bogotá, Colombia, were investigating the murders of two priests, Rafael Reatiga Rojas, 34, and Richard Piffano Laguado, 36, who were found on Jan. 26 shot to death after an apparent robbery. • Responding to the increasing number of Christians moving into northern Iraq to escape violence in the south, the Archdiocese of Arbil on Feb. 2 announced plans for the construction of a university and hospital. • On Feb. 4 Prince Charles became the first member of the British royal family to enter a Catholic church in Ireland, visiting St. Malachy’s Church in Belfast to tour its restoration. • San Salvador’s Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas hopes President Barack Obama’s visit on March 22-23 will set the stage for a “radical reform” of immigration issues.

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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