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Nations serve their own interests as well as the good of migrants when they adopt family-friendly immigration policies, said a statement issued on May 14 by the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers. • Jesuit-run Marquette University, in Milwaukee, on May 6 rescinded a job offer to a Seattle professor who is openly gay, a decision that has been criticized by some Marquette faculty members and students. • Projects aimed at rebuilding church infrastructure damaged by the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile will receive nearly $1 million from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. • U.N. human rights experts urge the State of Arizona and the U.S. government “to take all measures necessary to ensure that the immigration law is in line with international human rights standards.” • Promising to dispel age-old biases and shed some light on how the Roman Inquisition really worked, the Vatican has released hundreds of documents describing in detail the Inquisition’s investigations. • The Diocese of Burlington, Vt., announced on May 13 that it had settled 26 lawsuits involving sexual abuse by clerics for nearly $18 million and will sell diocesan property to cover the cost.

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Jim McDermottJune 27, 2017
People gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26 in Washington. (CNS photo/Jim Lo Scalzo, EPA) 
The high court, in a 7-2 ruling in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, sided with the religious school.
Activists rally outside U.S. Supreme Court in Washington June 26 after the court sided with Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, Mo., which sued after being denied a state grant for creating a safer playground (CNS photo/Yuri Gripas, Reuters). 
The Supreme Court court ruled on June 26 that the government may not exclude religious groups from grant programs simply because they are religious.
Ellen K. BoegelJune 27, 2017
Pope Francis laughs as he greets a woman during an audience with people from Lyon, France, in Paul VI hall at the Vatican July 6. The audience was with 200 people living in difficult or precarious situations. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
The pope's words can be read as an answer to those who hope his pontificate may end soon.
Gerard O'ConnellJune 27, 2017