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Chiara Badano, right, a young member of the Focolare movement who died of bone cancer in 1990, was beatified on Sept. 25 in Rome. • Bishop Raul Vera López of Saltillo, Mexico, was honored by Norway’s Rafto Foundation for Human Rights on Sept. 23 for his opposition to immunity for government officials and his work in defense of oppressed groups in Mexico. • U.S. Catholic Worker groups were among the antiwar, environmental and animal-rights activists wrongly investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to a report from the Justice Department on Sept. 20. • The United Kingdom group Christian Concern for our Nation is urging British Christians to wear a “Not Ashamed” logo during Advent to protest discrimination endured, it alleges, by Christians in the United Kingdom. • Sue Krentz, an Arizona woman who has embodied border-area problems since her husband’s murder in March, was seriously injured on Sept. 25 after she and another woman were hit by a car after attending Mass in Douglas, Ariz.

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