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Archbishop William D. Borders, who retired in 1989 as the 13th archbishop of Baltimore, died on April 19. He was 96. • The legislative action arm of the Family Research Council announced on April 19 that it would raise $500,000 to target 20 Democratic incumbents who voted for health care reform. • Bishop Paul Meng Qinglu, 47, became bishop of Hohhot in north central China on April 18, the first bishop ordained on the mainland since December 2007. • Rio de Janeiro’s towering Christ the Redeemer statue, undergoing restoration, was spray-painted with graffiti by vandals, marring the world-famous monument in an act Rio’s mayor called a “crime against the nation.”• Caritas agencies in China are racing to assist survivors of the earthquake that hit Yushu County in Qinghai Province on April 7, killing more than 2,000 people and injuring more than 12,000. • The Carter Center reported that while Sudan’s elections on April 17 were imperfect, they represent a key benchmark in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and contribute to increased political and civic participation in Sudan.

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