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The U.S. bishops will discuss getting up to speed with church teaching—literally—when they consider a statement on doctrine in the digital age at their meeting in Baltimore from Nov. 12 to 15. • Between trips to Africa and South America, Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the retired archbishop of Washington, stopped home long enough to be honored on Oct. 10 for his “extraordinary commitment to peace” by the Rumi Forum, advocates of interfaith dialogue and peacemaking. • On Oct. 18 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life, to be archbishop of Indianapolis. • Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich-Freising, president of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community, criticized German plans for a minimum wage on Oct. 10 and warned that a tax on wealth would resemble “class struggle.” • Jacques Berthieu, a French Jesuit (1838–96) and missionary in Madagascar, was canonized in Rome on Oct. 21 together with six other blesseds, including Kateri Tekakwitha and Marianne Cope. • The United Nations reports more than 30 armed groups are operating in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly in North Kivu, where fighting over resources has driven thousands from their homes.

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