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Security has been tightened around churches and Christian towns in Iraq following a series of attacks in recent weeks that have targeted Christians, according to The Washington Post. • Church officials in Zimbabwe said that the church there “is well-positioned to reach people and bring them into the process” of drafting the new constitution. As part of a power-sharing agreement, Zimbabwe is to draft a constitution that will go before voters for approval in 2010. • Catholic bishops in western Mexico called for three days of prayer for the end to a wave of revenge-driven, drug-cartel violence that has engulfed the State of Michoacan. • Eddie Panlilio (right), a Catholic priest who serves as governor of the Philippine province of Pampanga, has written the bishop requesting a dispensation from his priestly responsibilities so that he may run for president in 2010.

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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