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Twelve defendants received six-year sentences from a court in India’s Orissa state on Nov. 27 because of their participation in mob violence against Christian communities in 2008. • Pope Benedict XVI, speaking on the day before the Dec. 1 observance of World AIDS Day, called for special attention to those unable to afford life-saving H.I.V./AIDS antiretroviral drugs, especially pregnant and nursing women affected by the disease. • On Nov. 19 the Maryknoll Fathers announced that in accordance with an October Vatican ruling, Roy Bourgeois has been dismissed from the society, laicized and excommunicated because of his participation “in the invalid ordination of a woman and a simulated Mass” in 2008. • The late archbishop of Florence, Cardinal Elia Dalla Costa, has been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem because of his efforts to rescue Jews during the Nazi occupation of Italy. • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the rate and number of abortions performed in the United States fell by 5 percent in 2009, “the largest single-year decrease” since 2000.

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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