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It is his faith in God, particularly “that biblical injunction to serve the least of these, that keeps me going and that keeps me from being overwhelmed,” President Barack Obama said at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 3. • Bread for the World’s president, the Lutheran pastor and economist David Beckmann, describes himself as a careful follower of Catholic social teaching, which he called a great resource for all Christians. • Police in Bogotá, Colombia, were investigating the murders of two priests, Rafael Reatiga Rojas, 34, and Richard Piffano Laguado, 36, who were found on Jan. 26 shot to death after an apparent robbery. • Responding to the increasing number of Christians moving into northern Iraq to escape violence in the south, the Archdiocese of Arbil on Feb. 2 announced plans for the construction of a university and hospital. • On Feb. 4 Prince Charles became the first member of the British royal family to enter a Catholic church in Ireland, visiting St. Malachy’s Church in Belfast to tour its restoration. • San Salvador’s Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas hopes President Barack Obama’s visit on March 22-23 will set the stage for a “radical reform” of immigration issues.

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Just about everyone is sick of the partisan rancor that radiates from Washington.
The EditorsJune 23, 2017
Beatriz Mejia of El Salvador speaks at a rally in front of the White House in Washington in March 2016 in support of immigrant families who are seeking asylum. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)
Can a Catholic carry out his or her job duties in good conscience if they include the deportation of people facing imminent death in their home countries?
Callanan, a professor and novelist from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will be awarded the $25,000 Catholic literary prize.
The EditorsJune 22, 2017
Retired San Francisco Archbishop John R. Quinn, left, is pictured in a 2004 photo in Saginaw, Mich. He died June 22 at age 88 in San Francisco. He headed the Northern California Archdiocese from 1977 until 1995. (CNS photo/Brett McLaughlin, Catholic Weekly)
Retired Archbishop John R. Quinn of San Francisco, who led the Northern California archdiocese for 18 years, died on June 22 after a long illness. He was 88.