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The San Antonio executive Al J. Notzon III has been appointed chair of the U.S. Conference of Bishops’ National Review Board. His term begins in June. • New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan has denied that as bishop of Milwaukee he attempted to hide $130 million in diocesan funds from lawsuits by victims of sexual abuse. • John Sweeney, former president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., was honored along with Stan Musial and Jean Kennedy Smith with a Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony on Feb. 15. • Masses have resumed on Yeonpyeong, the South Korean island shelled by North Korean artillery in November. Its population of 1,700 included 450 Catholics. • Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald, the Vatican’s ambassador to Egypt, said on Feb. 11 that he hoped the country’s future would include greater social justice and freedom. “The events of recent weeks have produced a feeling of solidarity among Christians and Muslims,” he said, “a good basis for increased dialogue and cooperation in society.” • A U.K. judge, in a decision on Feb. 14 of London’s High Court, has turned back an attempt to reinterpret Britain’s 1967 Abortion Act to allow so-called “D.I.Y.” or “bedroom” abortions.

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At Rome's Basilica of St. Bartholomew, a shrine to modern martyrs, Pope Francis presided over an evening prayer service April 22, honoring Christians killed under Nazism, communism, dictatorships and terrorism.
The conference brought together six lay people from different countries “to reflect on the post-synod apostolic exhortation that has aroused grave perplexities and widespread unease in numerous components of the Catholic world.”
Gerard O'ConnellApril 22, 2017
These photos, patches of uniforms and drawings create a piecemeal account of life at Dachau during and after the war.
Teresa DonnellanApril 21, 2017
Demonstrators march during a Feb. 25 rally organized by Catholics Against the Death Penalty in Southern California (CNS photo/Andrew Cullen, Reuters).
Christianity is not a relic laid in a museum; it is not a book entombed in an archive. It lives in the living people of God.
John T. Noonan, Jr.April 21, 2017