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Francesco Zanardi arrived at the Vatican on Oct. 10 after walking almost 350 miles to deliver a letter to Pope Benedict XVI asking him to meet Italian victims of clerical abuse and to work harder to ensure bishops worldwide follow Vatican norms on sexual abuse. • Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl welcomed 71 members of a former Episcopal parish into the Catholic Church on Oct. 9 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. • Archbishop José H. Gómez of Los Angeles praised Gov. Jerry Brown for authorizing the final components of California’s Dream Act, allowing undocumented graduates of the state’s high schools to go on to college. • Leaders of the Society of St. Pius X met on Oct. 7 to study the Vatican’s conditions for full reintegration into the church. • Richard A. Beyer became the ninth president of Wheeling Jesuit University, West Virginia’s only Catholic university, on Sept. 29. • Worried about dwindling numbers, the Catholic Church in India is exhorting its flock to have more children, challenging government efforts to limit family size in that nation of more than 1.2 billion people.

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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