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The Mexican Supreme Court on Sept. 26 debated the legality of two states’ constitutional amendments declaring that human life begins at conception. • Movies that present assisted suicide in a positive light are adding renewed momentum to efforts to legalize physician-assisted suicide, said Dan Mindling, a Capuchin Franciscan priest, during a seminar conducted on the Internet on Sept. 20. • Nobel Peace Price-winner Wangari Maatthai, founder of the Greenbelt Movement, which planted more than 30 million trees in Kenya, died on Sept. 25 at age 71. • Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, who is president of the U.S.C.C.B., told President Obama in a letter dated Sept. 20 that his administration’s fight against the Defense of Marriage Act will undermine marriage and create a serious breach of church-state relations. • More than 200 Catholic theologians have signed a statement calling on the United States to abolish capital punishment and asking the church to work “unwaveringly” toward that goal.

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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.
Daniel Oreskes, Michael Aronov, and Anthony Azizi (foreground) with Daniel Jenkins and Jeb Kreager (background). Photo by T. Charles Erickson
Like all the best historical narratives, “Oslo” shows the intense fragility and contingency of human affairs
Rob Weinert-KendtJune 22, 2017
Senate proposal could “wreak havoc on low-income families and struggling communities, and must not be supported,” the bishops said in a statement released on Thursday evening.