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The Catholic Church in India is asking for a government commission to review the marginalization of Christians with respect to poverty, land ownership and education. • Taiwan’s Cardinal Paul Shan will make a historic visit to China, the first contact between Catholics on the two sides of the Taiwan Strait in more than 60 years. • Australia’s former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Feb. 11 described his 2008 apology about the “stolen generations”—children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent taken from their families by government and church agencies—as an experience akin to a “sacramental” sign. • Bishop Augustine Hu Daguo of Shiqian died on Feb. 17 at the age of 89. As a bishop of the so-called underground church, he was prohibited by Beijing from serving his diocese in the eastern part of Guizhou, and his movements were restricted for many years. • The Vatican reports that there are 5,000 more Catholic priests globally in 2009 than there were in 1999. • Sherry Rehman, a member of Parliament from the Pakistan People’s Party, who recently presented a motion to modify the blasphemy law, was herself charged with blasphemy on Feb. 17.

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Pope Francis talks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a private audience at the Vatican May 24 (CNS photo/Paul Haring).
I am praying that Pope Francis’ words have a lasting impact on the president.
Zac DavisMay 26, 2017
Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of the Egyptian capital on Friday, killing 24 people and wounding 25, officials said.
The Affordable Care Act has changed our expectations for health care. It shifted the way we live, which may be shifting what we believe.
Michael RozierMay 25, 2017
Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speak to the media about President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget in the Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
The U.S. bishops have raised some serious concerns about what this proposal says about our national values.
The EditorsMay 25, 2017