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Vincent Long Van Nguyen, O.F.M.Conv., was appointed auxiliary bishop to the Archdiocese of Melbourne on May 20, the first Vietnamese-born and the first Asian bishop in Australia. • Pope Benedict discussed world peace and science on May 21 with 12 astronauts on board the International Space Station Discovery and spoke personally with the shuttle commander, Mark Kelly, whose wife, Representative Gabrielle Giffords, of Arizona, was shot by a gunman in January. • On May 25 Australian church leaders joined the global push for the canonization of the U.S. archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. • The Florida Commission on Human Relations found on May 13 that the Diocese of St. Augustine discriminated against Hispanic employees in a staff restructuring after a budget shortfall. • Security forces have detained 300 Tibetan monks in southwestern China since April 21 amid a crackdown sparked by a monk’s self-immolation. • Global solidarity is needed so that every country can guarantee all its citizens access to health care, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, told the World Health Organization on May 18

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Gunmen opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of the Egyptian capital on Friday, killing 24 people and wounding 25, officials said.
The Affordable Care Act has changed our expectations for health care. It shifted the way we live, which may be shifting what we believe.
Michael RozierMay 25, 2017
Budget Director Mick Mulvaney speak to the media about President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget in the Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
The U.S. bishops have raised some serious concerns about what this proposal says about our national values.
The EditorsMay 25, 2017
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)
Congress is asking the nation to make “immoral choices,” said Sister Keehan, the president of the Catholic Health Association.
Kevin ClarkeMay 25, 2017