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The Pax Christi International Peace Award for 2010 was given on Dec. 8 to Louis Sako, right, the Chaldean archbishop of Kirkuk, Iraq, a prominent defender of Iraq’s endangered minorities. • In November Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari told a visiting cardinal, Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, that he could not abolish his nation’s blasphemy laws, but would seek to revise them to better protect minority religious rights. • The discovery of an earth-bound microorganism that thrives on arsenic will expand scientists’ understanding of the definition of life, said the head of the Vatican Observatory, José Funes, S.J. • Pope Benedict XVI would welcome an electric popemobile as a sign of his commitment to environmental stewardship, Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, president of the commission governing Vatican City State, said on Dec. 1. • Three dozen top Israeli rabbis threw their support on Dec. 7 behind a religious ruling barring Jews from selling or renting homes to non-Jews. • Two Congolese soldiers have been arrested for the murder of a 42-year-old priest, Christian Bakulene, who was killed on Nov. 8 in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. • After a two-year investigation by Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wis., the church has approved for the first timea Marian apparition in the United States, experienced by Adele Brise in Champion, Wis., in 1859.

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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].”