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Rhode Island’s Governor Lincoln Chafee’s decision “to avoid the word Christmas” in a public invitation to a statehouse “holiday tree lighting” ceremony “is most disheartening and divisive,” said Bishop Thomas Tobin on Nov. 29. • Edward Louis Cleary, O.P., professor emeritus of political science at Providence College and a noted Latin American and human rights scholar, died on Nov. 21 at the Priory of St. Thomas Aquinas. • Excessive focus on money is destroying the environment and dehumanizing people, said Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga of Honduras, president of Caritas Internationalis, on Dec. 4 in Durban, South Africa, where he was attending U.N. climate talks. • In a fundraising letter to supporters, the Rev. Frank Pavone, the embattled head of Priests for Life, charged that “all of our work...indeed the very existence” of the pro-life groups “is in jeopardy.” • Audits of six Catholic dioceses in Ireland reveal “a marked improvement” in how the church is handling allegations of sexual abuse by clerics; but the findings, released on Nov. 30, also show that in the past too much emphasis has been placed on the rights of accused priests and protecting the reputation of the church.

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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