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At St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Del., on June 6, President Obama delivered the eulogy for Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden. • Pope Francis sent “heartfelt condolences” to the citizens of Ghana after at least 150 people were killed in an explosion at a gas station in the country’s capital, Accra on June 4. • More than a year after establishing special structures to oversee the Vatican’s finances, Pope Francis on June 5 named Libero Milone, an Italian accountant and expert in corporate risk management, as the Vatican’s auditor general. • On May 23 Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit announced the convocation of an archdiocesan synod in the fall of 2016 to refocus on evangelization and “to encounter Christ anew” as a missionary church. • Edith Avila Olea, 22, a parish outreach worker for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet, Ill., was scheduled to be honored on June 10 at the U.S. bishops’ spring general assembly in St. Louis with the 2015 Cardinal Bernardin New Leadership Award. • Right-to-die legislation was approved by the California state Senate on June 4 and will now head to the state house.

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