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After being denied in June, federal funding for the AmeriCorps Education Awards disbursed through the Catholic Volunteer Network has been restored to 75 percent of its 2010 funding. • John Jenkins, the Holy Cross priest who is president of the University of Notre Dame, was elected to the board of directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates on Oct. 20. • “Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education: A Toolkit for Mission Integration” is a new resource to help Catholic colleges and universities strengthen their commitment to mission-based sustainability efforts. • Catholics and Jews can most effectively capitalize on five decades of progress in their relations by joining forces to promote religious freedom, defend immigrants, face a common threat from fanatics and advocate for civility in politics and society, said Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York in an address at the annual meeting of the Anti-Defamation League on Nov. 3 in that city. • Daniel Avila, the U.S. bishops’ policy adviser for marriage and family, resigned on Nov. 4 after he suggested in an opinion piece that same-sex attraction could be the work of the devil.

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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