News Briefs

The Dominican sister John Mary Fleming was named executive director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on May 29. • More than 350 attendees from Haiti, the United States, Canada and France met to discuss recovery and development in Haiti during the National Conference on Solidarity, “Haiti: One Table, Many Partners,” in Washington, D.C., on June 1. • A federal appeals court on May 31 declared the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. • On May 26 the Diocese of Spokane, Wash., reached a broad settlement on sexual abuse lawsuits, agreeing to pay $1.5 million, a figure low enough to prevent the possible foreclosing of diocesan parishes and schools. • President Barack Obama awarded the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom on May 29 to 13 people, including the civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, co-founder with the late Cesar Chavez of the United Farm Workers. • As victims of the massacre in Houla, Syria, were buried on May 26, Pope Benedict XVI joined the international community in condemning the killing, which left at least 108 people dead. • The U.N. reported on May 31 that fighting between the national army of the Democratic Republic of Congo and  rebel forces in Congo’s North Kivu Province has forced more than 80,000 civilians to flee.

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Don't miss the best from America

Sign up for our Newsletter to get the Jesuit perspective on news, faith and culture.

The latest from america

It is astonishing to think that God would choose to enter the world this way: as a fragile newborn who could not even hold up his own head without help.
Ginny Kubitz MoyerOctober 20, 2017
Protestors rally to support Temporary Protected Status near the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Sept. 26. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
Around 200,000 Salvadorans and 57,000 Hondurans have been residing in the United States for more than 15 years under Temporary Protected Status. But that status is set to expire in early 2018.
J.D. Long-GarcíaOctober 20, 2017
At the heart of Anne Frank’s life and witness is a hopeful faith in humanity.
Leo J. O'Donovan, S.J.October 20, 2017
Forensic police work on the main road in Bidnija, Malta, which leads to Daphne Caruana Galizias house, looking for evidence on the blast that killed the journalist as she was leaving her home, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. Caruana Galizia, a harsh critic of Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat, and who reported extensively on corruption on Malta, was killed by a car bomb on Monday. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)
Rarely does the death of a private citizen elicit a formal letter of condolence from the Pope.