In the News, August 1

Russia grants Edward Snowden a one-year asylum.

Bishop of Saltillo Mgr. Raul Vera Lopez condemns local Mexican prison for its abhorrent conditions.

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In Chile, the Cathedral of Santiago re-opens after violent raid last week.

We posted a story about the possible kidnapping of a Jesuit priest in Syria. Here is a follow-up.

For the second time this Summer, Kansas-based National Beef Packing Co. recalls beef over fear of E. coli contamination.

After Sandy Hook, the number of gun permits is on the rise in Newtown.

What are we talking about at America? Books! Margot Patterson goes a-fishing with Walden in hand, and Angela Alaimo O’Donnell writes about Alice McDermott’s forthcoming novel, Someone.

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 10.17.2018 Pope Francis greets Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago before a session of the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment at the Vatican Oct. 16. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
“We take people where they are, walking with them, moving forward,” Cardinal Blase Cupich said.
Michael J. O’LoughlinOctober 20, 2018
Catherine Pakaluk, who currently teaches at the Catholic University of America and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, describes her tweet to Mr. Macron as “spirited” and “playful.”
Emma Winters October 19, 2018
A new proposal from the Department of Homeland Security could make it much more difficult for legal immigrants to get green cards in the United States. But even before its implementation, the proposal has led immigrants to avoid receiving public benefits.
J.D. Long-GarcíaOctober 19, 2018
 Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, then nuncio to the United States, and then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington, are seen in a combination photo during the beatification Mass of Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, N.J., Oct. 4, 2014. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
In this third letter Archbishop Viganò no longer insists, as he did so forcefully in his first letter, that the restrictions that he claimed Benedict XVI had imposed on Archbishop McCarrick—one he alleges that Pope Francis later lifted—can be understood as “sanctions.”
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 19, 2018