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Malaysian Catholic bishops called the escalation of violence against Christian churches in their country “worrisome and delicate,” after a court decision allowing non-Muslims to use the word Allah triggered reprisal attacks. • As Pope Benedict XVI visited Rome’s main synagogue on Jan. 17, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York hosted a kosher buffet luncheon for 14 Jewish leaders at his residence. • Organizers of the 37th annual March for Life expect about 3,000 activists in a first-ever vigil the night before the Jan. 22 march across the street from the White House to sing, pray and reiterate their plea to end legal abortion in the United States. • More than 200 have been killed and scores wounded in rioting in January between gangs of Christians and Muslims in the Nigerian city of Jos. • Pope Benedict XVI will convene Ireland’s bishops for a two-day meeting on Feb. 15-16 at the Vatican to discuss the ongoing fallout from the scandal of sexual abuse by priests in that country.

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An explosive device was detonated outside the offices of the Mexican bishops' conference, directly across the street from the country's most visited religious site, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. walks from the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, as he steers the Senate toward a crucial vote on the Republican health care bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Republican proposals “exclude too many people, including immigrants,” Bishop Frank J. Dewane said in a statement.
Without quite knowing it, I had begun to rely on the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.
Elizabeth BruenigJuly 25, 2017
A demonstration for affordable health care in New York City on July 13. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate July 21 to fix problems with the Affordable Care Act in a more narrow way, rather than repeal it without an adequate replacement. (CNS photo/Andrew Gombert, EPA)
The sisters say that they are “most troubled by the cuts it would make to Medicaid by ending the Medicaid expansion and instituting a per capita cap [on spending].”