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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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