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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, in Milan on March 25, sought to strengthen their faith and to address the dissatisfaction among young people and families due to economic difficulties, which creates fertile soil for populist movements.
Gerard O'ConnellMarch 25, 2017
Pope Francis said opportunity can come by restoring “the pillars” on which the union was first founded.
Gerard O'ConnellMarch 24, 2017
Some of the tensions still troubling Liberian life have deep social and historical roots.
Kevin ClarkeMarch 24, 2017
“This bill is catastrophic for Catholic social teaching and particularly for the people who we’re called to serve,” Sister Carol Keehan said.
Michael O'LoughlinMarch 24, 2017