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On Sept. 16, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl celebrated a Mass for consolation and healing, praying for the victims of the rampage at the Washington Navy Yard and asking God to “heal the wounds in our society so that we can prevent tragedies such as we have just witnessed.” • Sister Angélique Namaika was honored on Sept. 30 by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees for her work with women displaced by the ongoing strife in the Democratic Republic of Congo. • Alejandro Angulo Novoa, S.J., was recognized for his lifelong contribution to human rights in Colombia on Sept. 9 by the European Union and Diakonia, an international development agency. • Parishes became community support centers as two massive storms struck Mexico on opposite coasts at the same time on Sept. 14–15, disrupting the lives of 1.2 million Mexicans and killing at least 80 people. • At least 11 political prisoners were released in Iran on Sept. 17 and 18, includingtwo Christian women, Mitra Rahmati and Maryam Jalili, who had been arrested along with 13 others as they celebrated Christmas Eve in a private home on the outskirts of Tehran in 2009.

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