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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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