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Somali children are the victims most affected by the food crisis in the Horn of Africa; the latest estimates indicate that people under 18 represent 80 percent of the 121,000 refugees at U.N. camps in Ethiopia. • Thanks to the healing of a young American, severely injured in a rollerblading accident, Blessed Louis Guanella, an Italian, will be among three new saints canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 23. • The face of a 14th-century former archbishop of Canterbury, Simon of Sudbury, has been revealed, 630 years after he was beheaded by angry peasants, in a 3-D model now on permanent display alongside his real skull in St. Gregory’s Church in Sudbury, Suffolk. • “Catholicism,” a TV series developed by the Rev. Robert Barron of Chicago, will be aired on 90 public television stations this fall. • John P. Schlegel, S.J., former president of Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., has been appointed publisher and president of America Press in New York, effective in November. • The Vatican has dismissed newspaper reports on Oct. 2 that Pope Benedict was considering resigning when he turns 85 next April.

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