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Deacon Bernard V. Nojadera, right, director of the Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults in the Diocese of San Jose, Calif., has been named to head the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection. • Bishop Eduard Mathos of Bambari, Central African Republic, escaped a kidnapping attempt on June 2 after his car and an accompanying vehicle from Jesuit Refugee Services were ambushed. • On June 5 St. Luke Episcopal Parish in Bladensburg, Md., became the first Anglican parish in the United States to request to join the Catholic Church. • The Rev. John A. Pavlik, O.F.M.Cap., was appointed on June 7 as the executive director of the U.S. Conference of Major Superiors of Men. • Warning that “there is no time to waste,” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin called on June 2 for the quick release of the findings from the Vatican’s visitation of Ireland and its investigation of the sexual abuse crisis there. • During a speech on June 3 at the U.N. Human Rights Council, the Vatican observer, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, said that multinational corporations have caused “exceptional damage” in underdeveloped countries by ignoring human rights, environmental regulations and labor laws.

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House Republicans are making a last-ditch effort to “reform and repeal” the Affordable Care Act before the clock runs out on the Trump administration’s first 100 days on Saturday, April 29.
Kevin ClarkeApril 27, 2017
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