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The millions of refugees and migrants in the world are not numbers but “men and women, young and old, who are looking for a place they can live in peace,” Pope Benedict XVI said on Jan. 15. • On Jan. 8, the Maryknoll Sisters, the first U.S.-based congregation of women religious dedicated to foreign missions, marked its 100th anniversary with a special Mass by New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan at its world headquarters in Ossining, N.Y. • The Rev. Marco Aurelio Lorenzo, a Honduran priest known for human rights and environmental advocacy, said he and two of his brothers were beaten by police the day after Christmas during a trip to visit their parents. • Just days before authorities searched church offices in four dioceses, Belgium’s Catholic bishops pledged a “culture of vigilance” against future sexual abuse by priests and said guilty clergy must compensate their victims even if their crimes are no longer punishable by law. • Catholic bishops in Texas applauded a federal appeals court decision on Jan. 11 that allows the state to require abortion providers to offer women the opportunity to view the ultrasound images of their unborn children.

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A dry fountains is seen in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on July 24. The Vatican says it is shutting off all its fountains, including those in St. Peter's Square, because of Italy's drought. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)
Meteorologists say spring 2017 was Italy's third-driest in some 60 years. The drought has put Rome at risk for drastic water rationing, a measure being considered later this week by authorities.
APJuly 24, 2017
The parents of Charlie Gard dropped their legal bid Monday to send him to the United States for an experimental treatment after new medical tests showed that the window of opportunity to help him had closed.
Art by Andrew Zbihlyj
Having so often petitioned a gracious God for the blessing of mercy, how could I deny it to others?
Mark SingelJuly 24, 2017
“To the Bone,” which recently premiered on Netflix, tells the story of 20-year-old Ellen (Lily Collins), who is living with anorexia nervosa.
Karen RossJuly 21, 2017