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A spiritual absence within Western secularism underlies the global economic crisis, Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, told Canada’s bishops on Sept. 25. • On Sept. 25 Lebanese Christian and Muslim leaders called for the formation of a legal committee to protect all religions and condemned both the film “Innocence of Muslims” and “violent reactions that led to innocent casualties and harm to Christians and places of worship.” • The U.S. bishops send their “unconditional support to the church in Nigeria” following a suicide attack at St. John’s Cathedral in the northern capital of Bauchi on Sept. 23 that killed a woman and child and wounded 48 others. • Among the winners of the 2012 Right Livelihood Awards, announced on Sept. 27, were U.S. peace strategist Gene Sharp and the international Campaign Against the Arms Trade. • Gregory III Laham, the Greek-Catholic patriarch of Damascus, reported that all 240 Greek Melkite faithful kidnapped on Sept. 25 near the Syrian village of Rableh have been released. • Drew Christiansen, S.J., finished a seven-year run as editor in chief of America on Sept. 28, fortified with the many best wishes of a grateful staff.

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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