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 Earthquake in Kathmandu

Stefanie Tiefenbacher, 87, of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood, was robbed and murdered in her bedroom in the small town of Ixopo, near Durban, South Africa. • An appearance by Sister Jeannine Gramick, censured for positions on homosexuality and same-sex marriage, at a Catholic church in Charlotte, N.C., has been canceled • After an Italian prosecutor revealed on April 24 that the Vatican had been an intended target of terrorists in 2010, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that the “pope is calm,” and that security officials felt “proper” fear but “not an exaggerated preoccupation with the issue.” • It was announced on April 21 that Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., the first Catholic prelate to be convicted for not reporting a priest who posed a danger to children. • “Rescue is the first priority,” said the Rev. Pius Perumana, director of Caritas Nepal, as humanitarian agencies responded to an earthquake, 7.8 on the Richter scale, that struck Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, on April 25.

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