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The U.S. bishops were scheduled to concelebrate Mass at St. Peter Claver Church, the largest African-American Catholic congregation in Baltimore, on Nov. 14, the first day of their fall general assembly. • In advance of Black Catholic History Month in November, a delegation of black Catholic priests visited the University of Notre Dame’s Theodore Hesburgh Library in South Bend on Oct. 24 to entrust the archives there with historical documents about African-American Catholic priests, sisters, brothers, deacons, seminarians and laypeople. • Returning from his visit to Sweden on Nov. 1, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church’s insistence that it cannot ordain women is a teaching likely to last forever. • In a British television documentary scheduled to be broadcast on Nov. 9, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster in the United Kingdom expressed regret for the actions of the church in the 1950s through the 1970s, when about 500,000 British women were pressured to give up their babies for adoption.

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