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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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Given the number of those in the California legal system today who are Latino, “you can guess a large percentage of them are Catholic.”
Jim McDermottMay 22, 2017
Pope Francis waves during a visit to give an Easter blessing to homes in a public housing complex in Ostia, a Rome suburb on the Mediterranean Sea, May 19 (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano).
Vatican leaders seem quietly confident that the meeting will go well.
Gerard O'ConnellMay 22, 2017
Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, N.M., prays on Nov. 16 during the opening of the 2015 fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
The bishops' spring assembly will include discussions ranging from immigration to religious freedom, as well as the Synod of Bishops on youth.
The new cardinals named by Pope Francis come from El Salvador, Laos, Mali, Spain and Sweden.
Gerard O'ConnellMay 21, 2017