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Prison chaplain Robert Coogan, right, an American priest based in northern Mexico, accused Mexican security forces of committing sacrilege after they tore apart his chapel during a raid on Jan. 24. • Pope Benedict XVI warned U.S. bishops during their ad limina visit to Rome on Jan. 19 that “radical secularism” threatens the core values of U.S. culture. • Catholic Healthcare West announced a restructuring on Jan. 23 that will transform the hospital chain into Dignity Health, no longer an official ministry of the Catholic Church but “rooted in the Catholic tradition.” • Bible League International is distributing thumbnail-sized microchips that contain entire theological libraries to Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith. • Former Archbishop Robert F. Sanchez, a pioneer in Hispanic ministry who resigned in disgrace when several women accused him of having abused them as adults, died on Jan. 20 at age 77. • “They are destroying the hope of a united Nigeria,” said Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos, referring to Boko Haram extremists after deadly attacks in the city of Kano on Jan. 20. • On Jan. 22 Archbishop José Guadalupe Martín Rabago of León called on organized crime groups to observe a cease-fire during Pope Benedict’s March visit to Mexico.

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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