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After being denied in June, federal funding for the AmeriCorps Education Awards disbursed through the Catholic Volunteer Network has been restored to 75 percent of its 2010 funding. • John Jenkins, the Holy Cross priest who is president of the University of Notre Dame, was elected to the board of directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates on Oct. 20. • “Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration” is a new resource to help Catholic colleges and universities strengthen their commitment to mission-based sustainability efforts. • Catholics and Jews can most effectively capitalize on five decades of progress in their relations by joining forces to promote religious freedom, defend immigrants, face a common threat from fanatics and advocate for civility in politics and society, said Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York in an address at the annual meeting of the Anti-Defamation League on Nov. 3 in that city. • Daniel Avila, the U.S. bishops’ policy adviser for marriage and family, resigned on Nov. 4 after he suggested in an opinion piece that same-sex attraction could be the work of the devil.

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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