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The cure of a French television repairman who completed a 1,000-mile hike after his paralyzed leg was inexplicably healed has become the 68th miracle to be recognized at Lourdes. • The U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine concluded on March 30 that a book published in 2007 by the theologian Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J., “contains misrepresentations, ambiguities and errors.” Sister Johnson said the committee radically misinterprets her work. • Bishop-designate William J. Wright, 58, was named the new bishop of Maitland-Newcastle in Australia on April 4. He succeeds Bishop Michael J. Malone, 71, who requested early retirement after struggling with the sexual abuse scandal for “15 difficult years.” • Pope Benedict XVI has encouraged the so-called patriotic and underground Catholic churches in mainland China to be reconciled. But some argue, according to Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, that the “clandestine communities still have a reason to exist” as the only way to be faithful to the universal church. • The U.S. Army has started training chaplains regarding the repeal of the ban on openly gay service members, saying those who are unable to follow the forthcoming policy could seek a voluntary departure.

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In a video, His Holiness Pope Francis speaks at TED2017, April 25, 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED
Pope Francis asked all people to work toward a future that lifts up society’s most marginalized, including migrants, the sick, the unemployed and prisoners.
Michael J. O'LoughlinApril 26, 2017
Edward Lally (center) is joined by his schola, Sarah Coffman, Katherine Keberlein, Ngaire Bull and Sarah Beatty, at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Chicago on April 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of Sarah Beatty.
With chant “you’re expressing something in pure melody."
Judith ValenteApril 25, 2017
Vivian Tuttle holds a photo of her daughter Yvonne, who was murdered during a 2002 bank robbery in Norfolk, Neb., as she testifies in favor of the death penalty at a public hearing in Omaha, Neb. in October 2016 (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, file).
The fight against the death penalty lays bare the strengths and weaknesses of the Catholic approach to pro-life issues.
Joseph P. HooverApril 25, 2017
Bill Nye's gags are every bit as goofy as they were in the ’90s. But his new show on Netflix is weighed down by a condescending attitude.
Eric Sundrup, S.J.April 25, 2017