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The Mexican Supreme Court on Sept. 26 debated the legality of two states’ constitutional amendments declaring that human life begins at conception. • Movies that present assisted suicide in a positive light are adding renewed momentum to efforts to legalize physician-assisted suicide, said Dan Mindling, a Capuchin Franciscan priest, during a seminar conducted on the Internet on Sept. 20. • Nobel Peace Price-winner Wangari Maatthai, founder of the Greenbelt Movement, which planted more than 30 million trees in Kenya, died on Sept. 25 at age 71. • Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, who is president of the U.S.C.C.B., told President Obama in a letter dated Sept. 20 that his administration’s fight against the Defense of Marriage Act will undermine marriage and create a serious breach of church-state relations. • More than 200 Catholic theologians have signed a statement calling on the United States to abolish capital punishment and asking the church to work “unwaveringly” toward that goal.

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At Rome's Basilica of St. Bartholomew, a shrine to modern martyrs, Pope Francis presided over an evening prayer service April 22, honoring Christians killed under Nazism, communism, dictatorships and terrorism.
The conference brought together six lay people from different countries “to reflect on the post-synod apostolic exhortation that has aroused grave perplexities and widespread unease in numerous components of the Catholic world.”
Gerard O'ConnellApril 22, 2017
These photos, patches of uniforms and drawings create a piecemeal account of life at Dachau during and after the war.
Teresa DonnellanApril 21, 2017
Demonstrators march during a Feb. 25 rally organized by Catholics Against the Death Penalty in Southern California (CNS photo/Andrew Cullen, Reuters).
Christianity is not a relic laid in a museum; it is not a book entombed in an archive. It lives in the living people of God.
John T. Noonan, Jr.April 21, 2017