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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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