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The effort to reintegrate the Society of St. Pius X into the Catholic Church “absolutely does not mean” that the church will accept the anti-Jewish or anti-Semitic positions espoused by some society members, said Cardinal Kurt Koch on Nov. 7 in L’Osservatore Romano. • Bishops in Cuba called on Nov. 6 for emergency assistance to help feed and shelter victims of Hurricane Sandy, which cut a devastating path through the eastern part of that island. • The new archbishop of Canterbury is Justin Welby, 56, right, a former oil executive who “was unable to get away from a sense of God calling.’’ • Two of the nation’s largest Catholic hospital systems, Michigan-based Trinity Health and Pennsylvania-based Catholic Health East, are exploring a consolidation. • Congress will become a shade more religiously diverse this January after the election of two Democrats from Hawaii—Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu-American congresswoman, and Mazie Hirono, the nation’s first Buddhist senator. • After almost three and a half years at the Vatican, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel H. Diaz, is returning home to resume teaching at the University of Dayton.

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An explosive device was detonated outside the offices of the Mexican bishops' conference, directly across the street from the country's most visited religious site, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. walks from the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, as he steers the Senate toward a crucial vote on the Republican health care bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Republican proposals “exclude too many people, including immigrants,” Bishop Frank J. Dewane said in a statement.
Without quite knowing it, I had begun to rely on the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.
Elizabeth BruenigJuly 25, 2017
A demonstration for affordable health care in New York City on July 13. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate July 21 to fix problems with the Affordable Care Act in a more narrow way, rather than repeal it without an adequate replacement. (CNS photo/Andrew Gombert, EPA)
The sisters say that they are “most troubled by the cuts it would make to Medicaid by ending the Medicaid expansion and instituting a per capita cap [on spending].”