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If King Juan Carlos of Spain signs a new law easing abortion restrictions, as he is constitutionally required to do, the general secretary of the Spanish bishops’ conference said on Feb. 25 that no action would be taken against him. • Mass media attacks on religion must be opposed, considering “the dangerous effect” they have on social cohesion and interreligious peace, said a statement released on March 2 after the annual meeting of officials from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. • A great champion of the Catholic laity and the first woman to hold a position of authority at the Vatican, Rosemary Goldie, died Feb. 27 in New South Wales, Australia. She was 94. • On Feb. 21 the Rev. Evaristo Sada, secretary general of the Congregation of the Legion of Christ, apologized to anyone whom the order’s founder, Marcial Maciel (1920-2008), “harmed with the immoral acts of his private life.” • Organizers of the Atheist Bus Campaign in New Zealand are considering legal action after their ads—“There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life”—were rejected by the national bus company. • In an open letter to President Obama and the Japanese government on Feb. 26, bishops from Hiroshima and Nagasaki called on world leaders to work toward the total abolition of nuclear weapons.

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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].”