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  • October 10, 2016

    The Nigerian government reported on Sept. 22 that President Muhammadu Buhari is seeking U.N. assistance in negotiations to exchange the kidnapped schoolgirls from Chibok for captured leaders of Boko Haram. • Catholic Extension officials announced on Sept. 19 that Melva Arbelo , director of the Santa Teresita of the Child Jesus Children's Home in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, will receive its Lumen Christi Award in recognition for her work on behalf of abused and neglected children. •...

  • October 10, 2016

    High on the agenda for the September meeting of the U.N. General Assembly was the revision and reinvigoration of the global community’s approach to the treatment of displaced people and refugees. The global community has attempted, by fits and starts, to deal with an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, the worst since the end of World War II, as more than 65 million people around the world have been forced on the move by conflict, crime, poverty and...

  • October 10, 2016

    A missing priest was found shot dead off the side of a highway in western Mexico days after he was kidnapped from his parish residence, state prosecutors said on Sept. 25. He was the third Roman Catholic priest to be slain in Mexico in the last week.

    The Michoacan state Attorney General's Office said in a statement that the Rev. José Alfredo López Guillen's body was found Saturday night, Sept. 24, in an area called...

  • October 10, 2016

    Speakers addressing the Helsinki Commission, a Congressional advisory group that monitors global human rights conditions, on Sept. 22 called upon the United States to step up efforts to provide financial support to nongovernmental organizations that serve thousands of displaced people in northern Iraq. William Canny, executive director of Migration and Refugee Services at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, implored a comprehensive approach, including robust aid...

  • October 10, 2016

    Building on the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’s historic address to Congress last September, over 120 alumni of Jesuit law schools delivered a letter on Sept. 21 to Congressional leadership and the offices of Jesuit-educated members of Congress, calling for passage of bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation. The signatories noted deficiencies in the current system, including disproportionate sentences as a result of mandatory minimums, individuals...

  • October 10, 2016

    In August, the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research, based in the United Kingdom, published a report in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of “Humanae Vitae,” the papal encyclical that upheld the ban on the use of contraceptives. The statement, signed by more than 150 Catholic scholars, argues, “The choice to use contraceptives for either family planning or prophylactic purposes can be a responsible and ethical decision and even, at times, an ethical...

  • October 10, 2016

    For decades, Chicago State University on the city’s South Side has offered a chance for bright, talented students from financially struggling families to earn a college degree. Funding problems meant the university had to cut short its academic year last spring. Whether it can make it through the current school year appears doubtful.

    In Bloomington, a sexual assault victim was told by the city’s main rape crisis program that she must return to the apartment where the assault occurred...

  • October 3, 2016

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    .S. and Iraqi military strategists are preparing for a final drive on Mosul, hoping to dislodge Isla mic Sta te militants from their last stronghold in Iraq. But how well are they planning for the inevitable impact of that offensive on the city’s residents?

    Hani El-Mahdi is the Iraq country representative for Catholic Relief Services . He told America during a text interview by Skype this week that he...

  • October 3, 2016

    With a Mass near the tomb of St. Ignatius Loyola in Rome, 215 Jesuits from around the world gathered on Oct. 2 for a general congregation to elect a new superior general to replace Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., who is retiring. • Brazil’s Indigenous Missionary Council in a new report highlighted abuses against the land rights of the nation’s indigenous people and said 137 of them were killed in 2015. • Hailing the Rev. Jacques Hamel , a French priest assassinated on July 26, as “a martyr...

  • October 3, 2016

    Fewer than two in 10 U.S. Catholics hold a favorable view of Muslims, and many have little understanding of the world’s second largest religion. When asked, “What is your overall impression of Muslims?” 30 percent of those Catholics polled said they held unfavorable views, 14 percent said favorable, and 45 percent said they held neither favorable nor unfavorable views.

    That is according to a report relea sed on Sept. 12 by Georgetown University’s The Bridge...