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We are people of hope,” said the U.S. Catholic bishops in a statement on Sept. 29 supporting the faltering Middle East peace negotiations and calling for “active, fair and firm U.S. leadership to advance comprehensive peace in the Middle East.” • The U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, Miguel H. Díaz, said on Oct. 5 that human migration should be accepted as both a Christian duty to “uphold the value of unity in diversity” and as a political duty to “safeguard human rights.” • The chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., urged Congress on Sept. 20 to give priority attention to working poor families as it debates tax policy. • Nigerian officials investigating human trafficking concluded that thousands of Nigerian girls were being forced to work in brothels after being lured to mining communities in Mali with offers of work in Europe. • Two Creighton University theologians, Michael Lawler and Todd Salzman, were rebuked on Sept. 15 by the Committee on Doctrine of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for defending the moral legitimacy of homosexuality, contraception and premarital sex.

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Pope Francis speaks on April 4 to participants at a Vatican conference marking the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI's encyclical on development, "Populorum Progressio." At left is Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout).
Cardinal Turkson insists that the ultimate causes of environmental degradation must be sought in the sinfulness of the human person.
John J. ConleyJune 26, 2017
Activists rally outside U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on 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 said a Lutheran preschool should not be excluded from a state grant program to refurbish its playground surface just because it is a religious entity.
Gwendolyn Brooks' poetry presented readers with a look into the life of African-Americans.
Judith ValenteJune 26, 2017
A man sits on a snowy street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In January, the city of Toronto began collecting data for the first time on deaths among its homeless population. (Photo via iStock)
Every month a group gathers at Holy Trinity Church to hold a vigil for those who have died homeless in Toronto.
Dean DettloffJune 26, 2017