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An activist on behalf of indigenous communities on Mindanao in the Philippines, the Rev. Fausto Tentorio, 59, was killed by gunfire on Oct. 17. • Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services objected to a Pentagon memo allowing military chaplains to officiate at same-sex marriages, arguing that unions are prohibited by the federal Defense of Marriage Act. • Pope Benedict has invited nonbelievers for the first time to an ecumenical religious peace gathering in Assisi, Italy, on Oct. 27. • Two Spanish relief workers with Doctors Without Borders were kidnapped by Shabab gunmen at a Somali refugee camp on Oct. 13. • The U.S. bishops’ Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities welcomed House passage of the Protect Life Act on Oct. 13, which applies federal policies on abortion funding and conscience rights to health reform legislation passed last year. • Pope Benedict XVI declared 2012-13 a “year of faith” on Oct. 16, to give new impetus to the church’s mission to lead people “out of the desert…to the place of life, of friendship with Christ.” • Dean Brackley, 65, an American Jesuit who joined the faculty of the University of Central America in El Salvador after six of his fellow Jesuits were murdered in 1989, died there of pancreatic and liver cancer on Oct. 16.

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An explosive device was detonated outside the offices of the Mexican bishops' conference, directly across the street from the country's most visited religious site, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. walks from the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, as he steers the Senate toward a crucial vote on the Republican health care bill. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Republican proposals “exclude too many people, including immigrants,” Bishop Frank J. Dewane said in a statement.
Without quite knowing it, I had begun to rely on the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.
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A demonstration for affordable health care in New York City on July 13. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Fla., chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, called on the Senate July 21 to fix problems with the Affordable Care Act in a more narrow way, rather than repeal it without an adequate replacement. (CNS photo/Andrew Gombert, EPA)
The sisters say that they are “most troubled by the cuts it would make to Medicaid by ending the Medicaid expansion and instituting a per capita cap [on spending].”