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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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