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Deacon Bernard V. Nojadera, right, director of the Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults in the Diocese of San Jose, Calif., has been named to head the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection. • Bishop Eduard Mathos of Bambari, Central African Republic, escaped a kidnapping attempt on June 2 after his car and an accompanying vehicle from Jesuit Refugee Services were ambushed. • On June 5 St. Luke Episcopal Parish in Bladensburg, Md., became the first Anglican parish in the United States to request to join the Catholic Church. • The Rev. John A. Pavlik, O.F.M.Cap., was appointed on June 7 as the executive director of the U.S. Conference of Major Superiors of Men. • Warning that “there is no time to waste,” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin called on June 2 for the quick release of the findings from the Vatican’s visitation of Ireland and its investigation of the sexual abuse crisis there. • During a speech on June 3 at the U.N. Human Rights Council, the Vatican observer, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, said that multinational corporations have caused “exceptional damage” in underdeveloped countries by ignoring human rights, environmental regulations and labor laws.

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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].”