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Pledging to honor Ukrainian Catholics who died for their faith under Communism, the new head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, was installed on March 27 in Kiev. • Roy Bourgeois of Maryknoll received a letter from his order on March 18 asking him to “publicly recant” his support of women’s ordination or face dismissal from Maryknoll and “a request for laicization.” • “A sin against the patrimony of the human race,” is how Robert Taft, S.J., described the degraded condition of the Pontifical Oriental Institute’s collection of Eastern Christian manuscripts. • The Archdiocese of Boston and the Daughters of St. Paul went before a mediator on March 29 to resolve a dispute over the disposition of pension funds for the order’s lay employees. • The Malaysian government has called off plans to stamp serial numbers and a message restricting their use to Christians only on thousands of Bibles it had seized. • A study released on March 22 reports that compared with members of other U.S. Christian denominations, Catholics are more tolerant of gay and lesbian people, more hostile to discrimination against them and more likely to accept same-sex marriage.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, accompanied by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, following after a Republican policy luncheon. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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