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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 immigration rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington in April. The U.S. bishops' migration committee chair in a statement on July 18 urged President Donald Trump to "ensure permanent protection" for youth under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
U.S. bishops urge Trump administration "to continue administering the DACA program and to publicly ensure that DACA youth are not priorities for deportation."
In time, we respond or fail to respond to God’s dreams for us.
Terrance KleinJuly 19, 2017
Callista Gingrich at a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing in Washington on July 18. Gingrich was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Her husband is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)
On issues that have become hallmarks of the Francis papacy, notably care of creation and the global refugee crisis, Mrs. Gingrich had difficulty explaining how she might engage the Vatican, given Mr. Trump’s views.
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago at a press conference in Chicago on April 4. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Chicago Catholic)
"I think that the terms gay and lesbian, L.G.BT. should be respected.... People should be called the way that they want to be called rather than us coming up with terms that maybe we’re more comfortable with.”