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The U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration will travel to Nogales, Ariz., from March 30 to April 1 to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and celebrate Mass to remember 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998. • Vatican medical experts reported on March 6 that there is no natural explanation for the survival of a child, delivered stillborn, whose heart did not start beating until 61 minutes after his birth, a miracle credited to the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. • On Ash Wednesday, March 5, more than two dozen presidents of Catholic colleges and universities pledged to fast for 24 hours in support of the ongoing “Fast for Families,” a campaign for immigration reform. • Uganda’s Catholic bishops are reviewing the country’s new Anti-Homosexuality Law in order to come up with “an educated” response, said a senior church official on March 5. • Turkey’s Christian community was outraged after local media suggested that the Basilica of Hagia Sophia, which was once a church, then a mosque and now a museum, could become a center of Islamic worship once again. • March 15 marked the third anniversary of the crisis in Syria, which shows no sign of abating, even after more than 120,000 people have died and millions have been displaced.

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