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The National Cathedral in Washington and St. Patrick’s Church in Baltimore, Md., were among the structures left with the most serious damage after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Virginia on Aug. 23. • Church leaders in southern India who hoped to “curb the flow of liquor in Kerala” opposed the state’s liberalized liquor policy with a 24-hour fast on Aug. 24. • The retired auxiliary bishop of Hartford, Peter A. Rosazza, warned in an opinion piece published on Aug. 21 that “budget cuts that negate assistance to our cities” could make U.S. urban areas “ripe for explosive riots such as those we saw in the 1960s.” • Zambia’s President Rupiah Banda, for years criticized by retired Bishop Paul Duffy for neglecting the nation’s poor, expressed sorrow upon hearing of the bishop’s death on Aug. 23. • After a tour of the new Republic of South Sudan, Janice McLaughlin, M.M., president of the U.S.-based Maryknoll Sisters, urged its leaders to set as its priorities peacemaking, reconciliation and efforts to disarm and demobilize ex-combatants.

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