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The U.S. Senate on June 16 approved a measure supported by Catholic and evangelical leaders that would prohibit the use of torture by any U.S. government agency as an interrogation technique. • The Philippine government on June 16 started the Catholic Church-backed process of decommissioning members of the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, a process bringing the Moro Islamic Liberation Front a step closer to its goal of self-determination after more than four decades of fighting. • In a 5-to-4 ruling announced on June 18, the U.S. Supreme Court said Kevan Brumfield, convicted in Baton Rouge, La., of the murder of a police officer, was entitled to have a claim heard that his low IQ and other evidence of mental disability should exempt him from the death penalty. • Jozef Wesolowski, the laicized former Vatican nuncio to the Dominican Republic, will stand trial on July 11 in a Vatican court on charges of the sexual abuse of minors and possession of child pornography. • A charity for youth established by Pope Francis suspended a donations agreement with a South American soccer federation on June 11, following the corruption scandal that erupted last month with the worldwide soccer federation, FIFA.

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Two people comfort Joseph Culver of Charlottesville, Va., Aug. 12 as he kneels at a late night vigil to pay his respects for a friend injured in a car attack on counter-protesters rallying against white nationalists. (CNS photo/Jim Bourg, Reuters)
How do you continue to “bear witness” when every three or four days there is another crisis?
Jim McDermottAugust 16, 2017
The story of Austin Steward, a former slave who fought against slavery in northwest New York
President Donald Trump waves as he arrives on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. Trump is returning from a vacation to Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
I have read about you in the papers and seen you on television. But the reality is I still do not understand you.
George Wilson, S.J.August 15, 2017
Protesters in El Salvador, demonstrate against mining exploitation March 9. El Salvador passed a law March 29 banning metal mining nationwide, after a long dispute between the government and a Canadian company involved in gold mining. (CNS photo/Oscar Rivera, EPA)
The bishops are condemning the exploitation of land and indigenous peoples by Canadian mining companies operating in Latin America and other regions.
Dean DettloffAugust 15, 2017