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In an invitation to pray with U.S. deportees, Kenneth J. Gavin, S.J., assistant international director of Jesuit Refugee Service, said, “The most forgotten and vulnerable people in our country are largely housed in detention centers run by the federal government.” • The U.S. bishops’ program First Fridays for Food Security hopes to raise awareness about domestic hunger. On First Fridays until April 6, 2012, participants will limit spending on meals to the amount specified by the U.S.D.A. Modified Thrifty Food Plan. • In Londonderry, Northern Ireland, the Rev. Michael Canny offered on April 26 to meet “Real I.R.A.” paramilitaries who have threatened to execute Catholic members of Ulster’s police service. • On April 29 a federal appeals panel reversed an earlier decision that had blocked the use of federal funds for human embryonic stem-cell research. • Fifty-two peace activists were arrested on May 2 after blocking the gate at the construction site in Kansas City, Mo., of the first nuclear weapons production facility to be built in the United States in 33 years. • The annual Spring General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will begin on June 15 in Seattle.

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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.