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Responding to inquiries from the A.C.L.U. and other groups, the nonprofit Catholic organization SSM Health agreed to provide birth control pills at the 26 clinics inside Walgreens stores in the St. Louis area that it began operating on Aug. 25. • On Aug. 26, France’s top administrative court overturned a ban on burkinis, ending a swimsuit crackdown that has divided the country and provoked shock around the world. • A suspect has been arrested after Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill, who worked as nurses among the poor in rural Mississippi, were found slain in their home in Durant, Miss., on Aug. 25. • Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie of Nigeria appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari in a letter publicized in late August to speed up reforms he had promised, warning, “May it not be written on the pages of history that Nigerians die of starvation under your watch.” • The Veteran South African anti-apartheid campaigner Bishop Desmond Tutu checked into a Cape Town hospital for treatment against a recurring infection, his daughter, Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe, said on Aug. 24.

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Anthony Miller
1 year 5 months ago
If they are providing birth control pills, they are not Catholic.

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