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As intersectinginternational interests collide, what is unfolding in Syria is a veritable "workshop of cruelty," Pope Francis told governing members of Caritas Internationalis on Nov. 17. • An outspoken priest in Veracruz, Mexico, who had been reported missing on Nov. 11, the Rev. José Luis Sánchez Ruiz was found aliveby Mexican police two days later, but with injuries consistent with torture. • The Supreme Court of the State of New York ruled on Nov. 17 in favor of the family of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, allowing the transfer of the remains of the candidate for sainthood from  St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York to Peoria, Ill., where he was raised and ordained a priest. • Protests erupted in the Philippines after reports that the remains of former President Ferdinand Marcos were flown from Ilocos Norte province on Nov. 18 and secretly given military honors before burial at the nation’s Heroes' Cemetery. • The vulnerability of the poor and of future generations to theimpact of climate changecreates a "serious ethical and moral responsibility to act without delay,” Pope Francis said in a written message to the conference of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakech, Morocco, on Nov. 15

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, accompanied by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, following after a Republican policy luncheon. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Congress is asking the nation to make “immoral choices,” said Sister Keehan, the president of the Catholic Health Association.
Kevin ClarkeMay 25, 2017
Philippine government soldiers walk past a mosque before their May 25 assault on Maute insurgents, who have taken over large parts of the town of Marawi. Residents started to evacuate Marawi after President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the entire Muslim-majority region of Mindanao. (CNS photo/Romeo Ranoco, Reuters)
Gunmen claiming to have links with the Islamic State group threatened to kill hostages, including a Catholic priest, who were taken from the southern Philippine city of Marawi on May 23.
Pope Francis talks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a private audience at the Vatican May 24. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-TRUMP-MEET May 24, 2017
Media reports that the meeting was “cold” are “a gross misinterpretation,” a Vatican source told America.
Gerard O'ConnellMay 25, 2017
In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, Chris Cornell of Soundgarden performs during the band's concert at the Wiltern in Los Angeles (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
So many of Cornell’s songs are filled with Christological and sacramental imagery.