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Potential economic gains are no reason for California voters to approve a ballot measure that would legalize limited amounts of marijuana for recreational use, said Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland. • The Diocese of Rome formally opened the sainthood process for Cardinal Francois Nguyen Van Thuan, a Vietnamese who spent 13 years in prison in Communist Vietnam—nine of them in solitary confinement. • Poland’s Catholic bishops have warned government leaders and legislators not to back a law allowing in vitro fertilization, adding that the practice resembled Nazi-era eugenics. • Calling poverty “an insult to our common humanity,” the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations, Archbishop Francis Chullikatt, speaking at U.N. headquarters in New York, said, “We have the means to bring an end to poverty. Do we have the will?” • The Vatican has urged Iraq not to carry out the death sentence meted out on Oct. 26 to Iraq’s former foreign minister Tariq Aziz, a Chaldean Catholic. • More than 30 Bolivian journalists, protesting a new anti-discrimination law that they believe could limit press freedom, gave up a hunger strike after 14 days at the urging of church officials.

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An immigration rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington in April. The U.S. bishops' migration committee chair in a statement on July 18 urged President Donald Trump to "ensure permanent protection" for youth under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
U.S. bishops urge Trump administration "to continue administering the DACA program and to publicly ensure that DACA youth are not priorities for deportation."
In time, we respond or fail to respond to God’s dreams for us.
Terrance KleinJuly 19, 2017
Callista Gingrich at a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing in Washington on July 18. Gingrich was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Her husband is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)
On issues that have become hallmarks of the Francis papacy, notably care of creation and the global refugee crisis, Mrs. Gingrich had difficulty explaining how she might engage the Vatican, given Mr. Trump’s views.
Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago at a press conference in Chicago on April 4. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Chicago Catholic)
"I think that the terms gay and lesbian, L.G.BT. should be respected.... People should be called the way that they want to be called rather than us coming up with terms that maybe we’re more comfortable with.”