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The Rev. Scott Deeley, assistant chancellor of the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, said that while the church “won’t be telling people how to vote” in the fall 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, “some bishops have indicated unofficially they’d have no problem with independence.” • Foreign Policy magazine included Pope Francis and Carolyn Woo, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Relief Services, among the 500 most powerful people in the world in its May/June issue. • Israel’s President Shimon Peres, named an honorary citizen of Assisi, Italy, on May 1, noted that St. Francis of Assisi called people “to love the faith and the poor, to pursue the value of peace and to respect nature,” precepts that are of “fundamental importance today just as they were in 1208.” • It was announced on May 3 that Pope Francis has appointed Michael Barber, S.J., director of spiritual formation at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass., to be bishop of Oakland, Calif. • The Vatican spokesperson Federico Lombardi, S.J., said on April 25 that he “would not exclude” the possibility of the publication of Pope Francis’ first

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A boy presents a hat to Pope Francis upon his arrival at the international airport in Trujillo, Peru, Jan. 20. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
“Just as the apostles faced the storm on the sea, you had to face the brunt of ‘El Niño costero.’”
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 20, 2018
Pope Francis greets the crowd before celebrating Mass at the Maquehue Airport near Temuco, Chile, Jan. 17. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
“Pope Francis’ statements...were a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse,” Cardinal O’Malley said in a statement released Jan. 20.
Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 20, 2018
 Pope Francis and Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski stand outside the presidential palace in Lima, Peru, Jan.19.(CNS photo//Mariana Bazo, Reuters)
“The degradation of the environment...cannot be separated from the moral degradation of our communities.”
Gerard O’ConnellJanuary 20, 2018
The U.S. bishops had an unusually busy year issuing positive and negative statements about the new president, but some hoped for more decisive action against his policies.
Michael J. O’LoughlinJanuary 19, 2018