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Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, on Feb. 28 reported the Vatican’s concern over the loss of life in Libya, the targeting of peaceful protesters and “the indiscriminate use of force.” • In a private audience on Feb. 23, Masoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq, told Pope Benedict XVI that his administration would continue to support the thousands of Christians who have fled violence in the south. • The U.S. bishops’ Office of General Counsel said the Obama administration’s decision to no longer support the Defense of Marriage Act in legal challenges “represents an abdication” of its “constitutional obligation to ensure that laws of the United States are faithfully executed.” • The Vatican reports higher numbers of priests, deacons, bishops, dioceses and Catholics overall in 2009, but a still declining number of women religious. • Ireland’s Catholic bishops charged that a “bonus culture” promoted “reckless gambling practices” in banking and financial institutions during the Celtic Tiger boom years that led to “immense suffering” for many during the current recession’s economic bust

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A youth takes the Eucharist from Monsignor Gregorio Rosa Chavez during a Mass giving thanks for Pope Francis' announcement that Chavez will be elevated to the rank of cardinal, at San Francisco de Asis parish church in San Salvador, El Salvador on Monday, May 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)
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Fan leaves the Park Inn hotel in central Manchester, England, on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Over a dozen people were killed in an explosion following a Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena late Monday evening. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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