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A Vatican-convoked commission of doctors concluded that a healing attributed to Blessed John Paul II had no natural explanation, a finding that could clear the way for the canonization of the pope. • U.S. Army Chaplain Stephen McDermott was awarded the Bronze Star in April for his service in Afghanistan. • Francesco C. Cesareo, president of Assumption College in Worcester, Mass., was appointed the next chair of the National Review Board on April 11, a position he will assume at the end of June. • On April 19 Pope Francis canceled a stipend of more than $30,000 that was to have been paid to the five cardinals who supervise the Vatican bank. • Caritas Internationalis workers are struggling to reach remote communities in Sichuan, China. This suggests that the full extent of the 7.0 earthquake disaster on April 22 is yet to be seen. • Five people who protested U.S. drone policy last fall by blocking an entrance to the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base near Syracuse, N.Y., were found guilty of trespassing on April 18. • Christians around the world are uniting in prayer on May 11 for the end of violence in Syria.

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