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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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A dry fountains is seen in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on July 24. The Vatican says it is shutting off all its fountains, including those in St. Peter's Square, because of Italy's drought. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)
Meteorologists say spring 2017 was Italy's third-driest in some 60 years. The drought has put Rome at risk for drastic water rationing, a measure being considered later this week by authorities.
APJuly 24, 2017
The parents of Charlie Gard dropped their legal bid Monday to send him to the United States for an experimental treatment after new medical tests showed that the window of opportunity to help him had closed.
Art by Andrew Zbihlyj
Having so often petitioned a gracious God for the blessing of mercy, how could I deny it to others?
Mark SingelJuly 24, 2017
“To the Bone,” which recently premiered on Netflix, tells the story of 20-year-old Ellen (Lily Collins), who is living with anorexia nervosa.
Karen RossJuly 21, 2017