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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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This is not a country at ease with itself, if it ever were. The United Kingdom continues to display more and more intolerance and anger.
David StewartFebruary 24, 2017

On St. Patrick’s Day, we celebrate our Irish heritage and our good fortune to be Americans.

George J. MitchellFebruary 24, 2017
“The Catholic Church stands in love with the Jewish community in the current face of anti-Semitism.”
Michael O'LoughlinFebruary 24, 2017
Addressing 90 experts from many countries, Francis said that “all people have a right to safe drinking water.”
Gerard O'ConnellFebruary 24, 2017