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Representative Peter King, Republican of New York, convened controversial congressional hearings on March 10 to investigate “the extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community.” • The High Court in London has declared Owen and Eunice Johns of Derby, England, unqualified to become foster parents because of their Christian views on premarital and homosexual intercourse. • A federal judge in California ruled on Feb. 28 that a Mexican resident can use a law typically employed for international human rights cases to sue the Archdiocese of Los Angeles over charges that he was sexually abused by a priest. • New York’s Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn said a New York City ordinance requiring crisis pregnancy centers to display disclaimers about the services they provide “is designed to prevent pro-life advocates from speaking freely.” • Ireland’s bishops have renewed their opposition to the planned abolition of the 50/50 Catholic-Protestant recruitment policy for the police in Northern Ireland. • The Anglican bishop of Jerusalem, the Rev. Suheil Dawani, has been forbidden to live in Jerusalem after his residency visa was revoked by Israel’s Interior Ministry.

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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