News Briefs

The U.S. Catholic Church will celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week from Jan. 13 through Jan. 19. • Starting on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pope Benedict XVI will be tweeting in eight languages, including Arabic, from eight twitter accounts, including one for English speakers, @Pontifex. • Louisiana’s Gov. Bobby Jindal called it “wrong-headed” and a “travesty,” but a Louisiana judge ruled on Nov. 30 that a school voucher program passed by the state legislature last spring is unconstitutional. • The Vatican is offering a “Pope app,” which will provide alerts and links to top stories from Vatican news outlets, including live streaming of papal events and video feeds from the Vatican’s six webcams. • The British government on Dec. 3 called the Israeli government’s decision to build 3,000 illegal new homes on Palestinian land a threat to “the viability of the two-state solution.” • DePaul University in Chicago has joined a consortium of more than 30 higher education institutions and organizations offering emergency support to Syrian studentsand scholars affected by the crisis in their country.

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Just about everyone is sick of the partisan rancor that radiates from Washington.
The EditorsJune 23, 2017
Beatriz Mejia of El Salvador speaks at a rally in front of the White House in Washington in March 2016 in support of immigrant families who are seeking asylum. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
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.