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Because of ongoing renovation at the National Mall, the March for Life midday rally on Jan. 22 has been moved from the west front of the Capitol to the Washington Monument grounds. • A 92-year-old deacon at Queen of Heaven Parish in Albuquerque, N.M., was recovering after being mugged by three individuals who stole the Christmas offerings from his car trunk on Dec. 28.• Concerned about the treatment of newcomers to the United States, New Jersey’s Catholic bishops in their Christmas statement called on people of faith to “go beyond their comfort zone” and renew their commitment to caring for immigrants, refugees and the poor. • The landmark prosecution of Msgr. William Lynn, the first high-ranking U.S. Catholic churchman convicted of a crime in connection with the scandal of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic clergy, will play out again after Pennsylvania court threw out his July 2012 conviction and ordered a new trial on Dec. 22. • Noting in his Christmas message that this year “the celebrations of Christmas and the birth of the Prophet coincide,” Cardinal Bechara Rai of Lebanon urged Christians and Muslims to work to preserve peaceful coexistence and called for more help for refugees.

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