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The Rev. Frank Pavone has been suspended from ministry outside the Diocese of Amarillo, Tex., because of financial questions related to his leadership of Priests for Life. • On Sept. 12 U.K. Pax Christi members held a silent vigil to protest London’s Defense and Security Equipment International, the world’s largest arms fair. • The Rev. Gualberto Oviedo Arrieta was found stabbed to death in his rectory in the Colombia resort community of Capurganá, the sixth priest killed in Colombia in 2011. • Leaders of Indonesia’s “largest and most influential” Muslim student group went to the Vatican to extend an invitation to Pope Benedict XVI to speak at a conference in Bali in 2012. • Bishop Martin Tetsuo Hiraga of Sendai, a region hard hit by the earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan on March 11, released a document on Sept. 11 outlining the diocese’s reconstruction efforts. • In a small victory for the Catholic Church in India’s northern Orissa State, the local government rescinded demolition orders for five churches meant to replace the more than 230 churches and chapels destroyed in a wave of anti-Christian violence in 2008.

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