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The Philippines Ecumenical Bishops Forum on June 11 criticized the possibility of more American troops arriving in the Philippines as a threat to the nation’s independence and sovereignty. • In comments filed on June 15 with the Department of Health and Human Services, the top three officials of the Catholic Health Association urged the administration to expand its religious exemption from new H.H.S. contraception requirements. • The Catholic Church in India’s Kerala State has adopted “Toward Green Meadows,” a new conservation policy to help fight a “looming environment crisis,” calling for the use of solar energy, rain harvesting and efforts to counter Kerala’s widespread deforestation. • Kim Bobo, executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, will receive the 2012 Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award on Sept. 16 in Davenport, Iowa. • Terrence W. Tilley, chairman of the theology department at Fordham University in New York, received the Catholic Theological Society of America’s John Courtney Murray Award for excellence in Catholic theology on June 9. • The Vatican applied on June 13 to control the new Internet address extension “.catholic” and decide who is allowed to use it.

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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