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In an invitation to pray with U.S. deportees, Kenneth J. Gavin, S.J., assistant international director of Jesuit Refugee Service, said, “The most forgotten and vulnerable people in our country are largely housed in detention centers run by the federal government.” • The U.S. bishops’ program First Fridays for Food Security hopes to raise awareness about domestic hunger. On First Fridays until April 6, 2012, participants will limit spending on meals to the amount specified by the U.S.D.A. Modified Thrifty Food Plan. • In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, the Rev. Michael Canny offered on April 26 to meet “Real I.R.A.” paramilitaries who have threatened to execute Catholic members of Ulster’s police service. • On April 29 a federal appeals panel reversed an earlier decision that had blocked the use of federal funds for human embryonic stem-cell research. • Fifty-two peace activists were arrested on May 2 after blocking the gate at the construction site in Kansas City, Mo., of the first nuclear weapons production facility to be built in the United States in 33 years. • The annual Spring General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will begin on June 15 in Seattle.

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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