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The Michigan Catholic Conference sent letters to more than 10,000 employees in late August warning them about possible identity theft after a cyber attack on an employee database. • Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, joined the members of the #BringBackOurGirls movement on Aug. 27 to mark 500 days since more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls were abducted by Boko Haram. • The Vatican reports that the autopsy of former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who had been awaiting trial on sexual offenses, indicates he died on Aug. 27 of a “cardiac incident.” • The Catholic Church in India expressed its support for some 150 million workers on a nationwide strike that shut down factories, banks, traffic and government offices across India on Sept. 2. • Eleven cardinals, at least four of whom will participate in the meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the family in October, have urged fellow church leaders to maintain the church’s rules regarding marriage in a book to be published in mid-September. • The United Nations reported on Sept. 2 that because of widespread damage to infrastructure during the 2014 Israeli military assault, overcrowding and the continuing Israel blockade, the Gaza Strip “could be uninhabitable by 2020.”

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