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Bishop Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, chair of the U.S. bishop’s International Justice and Peace office, called on Oct. 27 for the reauthorization of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which “plays a vital role in preserving human dignity and human rights around the globe.” • On Oct. 28 Catholic bishops in India’s Karnataka State called for the dismissal of “false cases” against Christians who had been arrested after protesting attacks on three dozen churches in 2008. • On Oct. 31 the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of a federal court ruling in Utah that memorial crosses along state highways were unconstitutional. • Ireland’s Association of Catholic Priests marked its first anniversary with a meeting in Dublin on Oct. 4 that included calls for women’s ordination and an end to mandatory celibacy. • Wisconsin’s bishops urged parishioners to keep guns out of church after a state law allowing residents to carry concealed weapons went into effect on Nov. 1. • A study by the European Central Bank says Catholics are more likely to support government intervention in the economy than Protestants and also have a stronger preference for sharing wealth equally.

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It takes a certain grace to see how fear clips our wings.
Terrance KleinJune 21, 2017
Pope Francis encouraged Cardinal Lacroix and the bishops from Quebec to be a missionary church, “a church that goes out, reaches out to people.”
Gerard O'ConnellJune 21, 2017
Los Angeles ordinations in 2017. Photo courtesy of the Jesuit Conference.
The consolidation is a work in progress. The brethren have mixed feelings about it, and their provincials know it.
Jim McDermottJune 21, 2017
Emily (Zoe Kazan) and Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) in "The Big Sick." Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios.
What “The Big Sick” gets at is how America undermines traditions from other countries, and always has.
John AndersonJune 21, 2017