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Seeking to strengthen relations between American and Vietnamese Catholics, Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., led a small U.S. delegation on a tour of Vietnam that included a stop at a Marian shrine. • A Moscow court sentenced a man to 14 years in prison for the 2008 murder of Victor Betancourt, S.J., but failed to convict him of the murder of a second Jesuit at the scene. • Nearly two-thirds of U.S. Catholics surveyed said they have no opinion on the increased availability of the Tridentine Mass since Pope Benedict XVI made it easier for parishes to offer the traditional liturgy two years ago. • The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a Web page (www.usccb.org/romanmissal) to educate Catholics about the forthcoming English translation of the new Roman Missal. • The Maryknoll Order has confirmed that Roy Bourgeois, M.M., was excommunicated in November 2008 for not recanting his public statements supporting the ordination of women. • The Missionaries of Charity have launched a year of programs celebrating the centennial in 2010 of the birth of Blessed Mother Teresa, the order’s founder.

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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