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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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Death-row inmate Ledell Lee. A ruling from the state Supreme Court allowing officials to use a lethal injection drug that a supplier says was misleadingly obtained cleared the way for Arkansas to execute Ledell Lee on Thursday, April 20, 2017, although he still had pending requests for reprieve. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP)
To take Holy Communion in the face of death is to say that it is fellowship, and not food, that matters most.
Terrance KleinApril 26, 2017
A man rides a bicycle past a billboard with an image of Pope Francis April 26 ahead of the pontiff's April 28-29 visit to Cairo. (CNS photo/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Reuters)
“Peace be with you” was the message of the Risen Jesus to his disciples on the first Easter, and it is the message Francis will bring to the Muslim and Christian communities in this land.
Gerard O'ConnellApril 26, 2017
Pope Francis is presented with a football helmet by Michigan football team coach Jim Harbaugh during the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
Coach Jim Harbaugh presented a custom Wolverines helmet and a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers to Pope Francis.
Michael J. O'LoughlinApril 26, 2017
The 'Hamlet'-inspired play made the playwright Tom Stoppard an overnight sensation.
David StewartApril 26, 2017