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About 30,000 families in southern Mozambique have been in a state of famine since March, and many are now reduced to feeding on leaves, roots and wild fruits. • As Caritas Pakistan workers entered the worst-hit areas in that country to assess damage, government officials reported on Sept. 12 that monsoon rains have devastated communities, claiming at least 78 lives and damaging or destroying 1,600 homes. • Youcef Nadarkhani, the Church of Iran pastor sentenced to death for apostasy from Islam, was released from prison on Sept. 8 and is at home with his family. • Ukrainian bishops from around the world convened in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Sept. 9 for the worldwide Ukrainian Catholic Synod of Bishops. • The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a Spanish-language page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/USCCBEspanol) that will feature news updates and faith-building resources. • Mary Rose McGeady, of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, who took over New York’s Covenant House after its founder was accused of financial and sexual improprieties, died in Albany on Sept. 13 at the age of 84.

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Just about everyone is sick of the partisan rancor that radiates from Washington.
The EditorsJune 23, 2017
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Can a Catholic carry out his or her job duties in good conscience if they include the deportation of people facing imminent death in their home countries?
Callanan, a professor and novelist from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will be awarded the $25,000 Catholic literary prize.
The EditorsJune 22, 2017
Retired San Francisco Archbishop John R. Quinn, left, is pictured in a 2004 photo in Saginaw, Mich. He died June 22 at age 88 in San Francisco. He headed the Northern California Archdiocese from 1977 until 1995. (CNS photo/Brett McLaughlin, Catholic Weekly)
Retired Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco, who led the Northern California archdiocese for 18 years, died on June 22 after a long illness. He was 88.