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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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An explosive device was detonated outside the offices of the Mexican bishops' conference, directly across the street from the country's most visited religious site, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. walks from the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, as he steers the Senate toward a crucial vote on the Republican health care bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Republican proposals “exclude too many people, including immigrants,” Bishop Frank J. Dewane said in a statement.
Without quite knowing it, I had begun to rely on the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.
Elizabeth BruenigJuly 25, 2017
A demonstration for affordable health care in New York City on July 13. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate July 21 to fix problems with the Affordable Care Act in a more narrow way, rather than repeal it without an adequate replacement. (CNS photo/Andrew Gombert, EPA)
The sisters say that they are “most troubled by the cuts it would make to Medicaid by ending the Medicaid expansion and instituting a per capita cap [on spending].”