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Carl A. Anderson, the supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI to a council that supervises the Vatican bank. • Catholic leaders in India said their faith in the country’s judicial system was renewed after five people involved in the killing of a Baptist pastor last year in Orissa were sentenced to life in prison. • A resolution passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 22 “honors and commends Catholic sisters for their humble service and courageous sacrifice throughout the history” of the nation. • Priests should not be limited to sacramental ministry but must assist lay Catholics in their attempts to solve “the massive problems” facing the world, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony of Los Angeles said at the University of Notre Dame. • On Sept. 14 the U.N. General Assembly adopted its first resolution on the responsibility to protect, agreeing to hold further discussions on the duty of the international community to intervene to stop atrocities. • Pope Benedict XVI said that he is pleased that his encyclical Charity in Truthhas prompted increased debate on the moral shortcomings of the world’s economies.

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