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Somali children are the victims most affected by the food crisis in the Horn of Africa; the latest estimates indicate that people under 18 represent 80 percent of the 121,000 refugees at U.N. camps in Ethiopia. • Thanks to the healing of a young American, severely injured in a rollerblading accident, Blessed Louis Guanella, an Italian, will be among three new saints canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 23. • The face of a 14th-century former archbishop of Canterbury, Simon of Sudbury, has been revealed, 630 years after he was beheaded by angry peasants, in a 3-D model now on permanent display alongside his real skull in St. Gregory’s Church in Sudbury, Suffolk. • “Catholicism,” a TV series developed by the Rev. Robert Barron of Chicago, will be aired on 90 public television stations this fall. • John P. Schlegel, S.J., former president of Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., has been appointed publisher and president of America Press in New York, effective in November. • The Vatican has dismissed newspaper reports on Oct. 2 that Pope Benedict was considering resigning when he turns 85 next April.

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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