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Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry told hundreds of mourners at the funeral of Sister Clare Crockett, killed in Ecuador during an earthquake on April 17, that “a life given in loving sacrifice is never wasted.” • Twenty-three new Swiss Guard recruits pledged during a ceremony on May 6 to “faithfully, loyally and honorably” serve and protect the pope and, if necessary, sacrifice their lives for him. • The Vatican announced on May 5 that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen, 54, a former refugee who fled war-torn Vietnam by boat, to lead the Australian Diocese of Parramatta. • In an early morning raid on May 2, Honduran authorities arrested four men for the murder of the environmental activist Berta Cáceres Flores, but family members and Catholic organizations remains skeptical and continue to call the international community to carry out its own investigation. • In book extracts published on May 3, the former president of the German bishops’ conference, Cardinal Karl Lehmann of Mainz, charged that names of candidates submitted to the Vatican as potential bishops are being vetoed by “unlawful outside influences” in Rome.

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