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Hundreds are dead and more than 120,000 have been displaced after weeks of ethnic violence between the Murle and Luo Nuer communities in South Sudan’s Jonglei State. • Repre-sentatives of most of the world’s bishops’ conferences and 30 religious orders met in Rome on Feb. 6-9 to launch a global initiative to improve efforts to stop clerical sexual abuse and better protect children and vulnerable adults. • The Plowshares activist Bill Bichsel, S.J., ended a two-week fast he began in mid-January to protest his transfer to solitary confinement and conditions at the Federal Detention Center near Seattle, Wash. • The Rev. Larry Snyder, President and chief executive officer of Catholic Charities USA, called awarding the agency’s Centennial Medal on Feb. 2 to Cristo Rey Network’s founder, John Foley, S.J., “a tribute to Father John’s commitment and dedication to improving the lives of young people in communities that otherwise wouldn’t have a chance.” • On Jan. 30, Anita Collins and Anita Guzzardi, employees of the New York and Philadelphia archdioceses respectively, were accused of stealing $1 million each in decades-long embezzlement schemes.

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Charlie Gard died on Friday, July 28 after his parents gave up a protracted legal battle with a London hospital over whether he could be successfully treated in the United States for a rare genetic condition.
Working out for the body of a god? What about the body of a convict?
Zac DavisJuly 28, 2017
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks with reporters ahead of a health care vote on July 27 on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate rejected legislation to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, with McCain casting a decisive "no." (CNS photo/Aaron P. Bernstein, Reuters)
“We are relieved and delighted that the Affordable Care Act remains intact,” Sister Carol Keehan said. “We think that this is really an important moment now to hear the people on both sides of the aisle that have said we need to come together and work on making this better.”
Kevin ClarkeJuly 28, 2017
Photo by Michael O'Loughlin
Ms. Cook said she often witnessed individuals climbing the rickety wooden steps leading up to the memorial. “It was the saddest thing you’ve ever seen. You just wanted to cry,” she said, recalling the mothers, in particular, mourning the loss of their dead sons.