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The high incidence of rape in Congo is not destroying only women; it is destroying the nation’s society, said the general secretary of the church’s national justice and peace commission, Marie-Bernard Alima, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Kalemie, during a visit in October to Washington. • The French consul in the Gaza Strip, Majdi Jameel Yaseen Shaqqoura, 44, his wife and two children were wounded by glass and shrapnel in an Israeli attack in northern Gaza on Nov. 14 on the Palestinian Navy site there. The consul’s wife suffered a hemorrhage that led to a miscarriage. • The story of the life and the assassination in 2005 of Dorothy Stang, of the Sisters of Notre Dame, is being told in a new American opera, “The Angel of the Amazon,” composed by Evan Mack. • Columban missionaries have joined the Catholic solidarity movement in South Korea opposing the construction of a military base on Jeju, the “Island of Peace.” • On Nov. 15 Palestinian activists inspired by the freedom rides of the U.S. Civil Rights movement in the American South boarded segregated Israeli public transportation in the West Bank to travel to occupied East Jerusalem.

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House Republicans are making a last-ditch effort to “reform and repeal” the Affordable Care Act before the clock runs out on the Trump administration’s first 100 days on Saturday, April 29.
Kevin ClarkeApril 27, 2017
Death-row inmate Ledell Lee. A ruling from the state Supreme Court allowing officials to use a lethal injection drug that a supplier says was misleadingly obtained cleared the way for Arkansas to execute Ledell Lee on Thursday, April 20, 2017, although he still had pending requests for reprieve. (Arkansas Department of Correction via AP)
To take Holy Communion in the face of death is to say that it is fellowship, and not food, that matters most.
Terrance KleinApril 26, 2017
A man rides a bicycle past a billboard with an image of Pope Francis April 26 ahead of the pontiff's April 28-29 visit to Cairo. (CNS photo/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Reuters)
“Peace be with you” was the message of the Risen Jesus to his disciples on the first Easter, and it is the message Francis will bring to the Muslim and Christian communities in this land.
Gerard O'ConnellApril 26, 2017
Pope Francis is presented with a football helmet by Michigan football team coach Jim Harbaugh during the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
Coach Jim Harbaugh presented a custom Wolverines helmet and a pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers to Pope Francis.
Michael J. O'LoughlinApril 26, 2017