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Christians conducted a vigil service in Bhopal, India, to remember victims and survivors of the world’s worst industrial accident when 3,000 people died on Dec. 3, 1984, after deadly gas escaped from a Union Carbide chemical plant. • Pope Benedict XVI met Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, Northern Ireland, and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin on Dec. 11 to discuss “the painful situation of the church in Ireland” following a report detailing the church’s failures in addressing clerical sexual abuse. • European Union ministers have called for Jerusalem to serve as the capital of both Israel and a future Palestinian state as part of a negotiated peace. • The San Francisco Archdiocese said it was confident a civil court would rule in its favor over a unanimous determination by a city tax appeals board on Nov. 30 that the archdiocese owes $14.4 million in unpaid property transfer taxes. • Ireland’s Sisters of Mercy have joined other Irish religious orders in pledging compensation to victims of abuse, now totaling 417 million euros ($621 million). • U.S.-born Kristina Kerscher Keneally, a University of Dayton graduate, was elected premier of New South Wales, Australia, on Dec. 3.

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