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Two weeks after the government of Peru threatened to expel Paul McAuley, a La Salle brother and British missionary known for his environmental defense work, the president of the Peruvian bishops’ conference expressed his “full support for the…[country’s] missionaries in their work of evangelization.” • A University of Illinois faculty committee is reviewing the dismissal of a Catholic professor after a student complained about the instructor’s explanation of the church’s teaching that homosexual acts are morally wrong. • The British government has removed from its Web site a user-generated petition protesting Pope Benedict XVI’s planned visit on Sept. 16-19 to England and Scotland. • Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee for Pro-Life Activities, praised the Department of Health and Human Services on July 15 for reaffirming that no federal funds will be provided to cover elective abortions under state-run health insurance plans. • A Christian group is sponsoring radio advertisements this summer criticizing the Fox News host Glenn Beck for attacking churches that preach about social justice.

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Oscar Isaacs as Hamlet (photo: The Public Theatre)
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Rob Weinert-KendtJuly 27, 2017
Usain Bolt has become a living legend in a track event that is known for creating superstars. His pre- and post-race rituals are purely Catholic, and yet the faith of one of the world’s most talked-about athletes is an open secret.
Nick Ripatrazone July 27, 2017
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., June 7 (AP Photo/John Hanna).
The role was created in 1998 and is charged with helping the U.S. government promote global religious freedom.
Then ask: Is it a pearl of great price?
Terrance KleinJuly 26, 2017