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The Vatican has condemned the latest round of nuclear testing by North Korea, warning that such acts of aggression threaten “the very survival” of the country’s own people by exacerbating its isolation. • Catholic Relief Services has announced that the agency will focus on helping families who are housing hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis displaced by an army crackdown in the northwestern part of that country. • Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Paulin Pomodimo, 54, of the Central African Republic following an investigation into priests of his diocese who live more or less openly with women and the children they have fathered. • For the first time in its nearly 80-year history, Vatican Radio is opening up to advertising in the hopes of easing the strain on its budget, the Vatican announced on May 26.

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