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Msgr. Owen Campion of Nashville, Tenn., retired on June 30 after a long career in the Catholic press as an editor and associate publisher. • A few months after Donald J. Trump’s clash with Pope Francis over immigration policy, a new poll finds that most U.S. Catholics support Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, by almost 20 percentage points, with white Catholics narrowly supporting Trump, the Republican candidate, and Hispanic Catholics choosing Clinton by a wide margin. • The Vatican announced on July 13 the appointment of Kim Daniels, a former spokesperson for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, to the newly formed Secretariat for Communication. • The California Catholic bishops announced their support on July 14 for Proposition 62, a voter initiative on the November ballot that would repeal the death penalty. • El Salvador’s Supreme Court struck down the country's amnesty law on July 13, opening the door to lawsuits from perhaps thousands of victims of abuses during the civil war in El Salvador, which ended in 1992. • On June 30, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction against enforcement of an Indiana law that makes it illegal for women in the state to have an abortion solely because of the race, gender or disability of a fetus.

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