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  • August 29-September 6, 2016

    Ke vin Donaldo Ramírez, 29, of Honduras describes himself as an environmental activist, just like his hero Berta Cáceres, a defender of indigenous rights and lands who was murdered in March.

    When he heard the news of her death, “I cried,” he says. “They killed Berta, but it was like they had killed me.” Cáceres, he says, had been an inspiration for many of the people working to protect indigenous and rural territories from development interests....

  • August 29-September 6, 2016

    Deploring a campaign of extrajudicial killings that has, according to local media, claimed more than 800 lives, the president of the Philippines bishops’ conference issued a direct challenge to President Rodrigo Duterte and his supporters in his Sunday homily on Aug. 7. “Will you kill me again and again on the social media for saying this?” asked Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan....

  • August 29-September 6, 2016

    Megan Fischer grew up hearing she would be a good teacher. She naturally assumed the responsibilities that often fall to an oldest child, especially in a family of five siblings. But she applied to an undergraduate program with plans to be a physical therapist.

    “I remember fighting the idea of being a teacher because it was expected of me,” Fischer said. But that didn’t last long. “When I thought about who I wanted to work...

  • August 29-September 6, 2016

    In yet another sign of his strong stance against human trafficking, Pope Francis made a surprise visit to 20 women who have been rescued from sexual slavery. The pope met with the women on Aug. 12 at a refugee center in Rome, the Pope John XXIII community, which houses people rescued from prostitution. The visit was one of the regular gestures Francis has made to highlight the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which runs through 2016. The Vatican said in a statement...

  • August 29-September 6, 2016

    Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore called a federal Department of Justice report cataloging systemic abuses by Baltimore's police "sobering and distressing.” In a statement released on Aug. 10, the archbishop called it “an affirmation of those in our community who have long criticized the policing strategies and practices of the [police] department and a repudiation of those whose actions have undermined both public trust as well as the inherent dignity...

  • August 29-September 6, 2016

    The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America on Aug. 10 approved "Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist," a document that tracks progress over 50 years of Lutheran-Catholic dialogue and maps remaining steps to full unity. • Pope Francis hosted 21 Syrian refugees at the Vatican on Aug. 11, including the refugees brought back to Rome with him from Lesbos, Greece, in April. • Rosaline Costa, 67, a Catholic and for 30 years the editor of Hotline...

  • August 29-September 6, 2016

    Terrorists want to make peace-loving Christians and Muslims believe that it is impossible for them to live side by side; it is up to Christians and Muslims to prove them wrong, said Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran of France. The cardinal, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, was in France July 26 when 85-year-old Father Jacques Hamel was brutally murdered in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen. Writing on Aug. 12 in the Vatican...

  • August 15-22, 2016

    “It’s not true, it’s not right, it’s not just to say that Islam is terrorist,” Pope Francis said on the plane from Krakow to Rome on July 31. • On July 25, the leader of Egypt’s Coptic Christian Church warned of increased attacks on Christians—37 sectarian attacks since 2013—saying national unity is being “defaced.” • The head of the Orthodox Christian Church on Cyprus said he will petition European and U.S. diplomats to lift an embargo against Syria, which...

  • August 15-22, 2016

    Muslims and Catholics joined in Friday prayers at the mosque in the Normandy town where an elderly priest was slain on July 26. The killing of 85-year-old Rev. Jacques Hamel as he celebrated morning Mass sent shockwaves around France and deeply touched many among the nation’s five million Muslims. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack. One imam made a rare direct strike at the killers who claimed to act in the name of Allah. “You have...

  • August 15-22, 2016

    A small independent Catholic college in Escondido, Calif., has joined the opponents of a state law that would ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students by depriving colleges of state and federal student-aid funds. The president of John Paul the Great University, Derry Connolly, said the bill would prevent some students from enrolling and the college from having policies in line with Catholic teaching and could force Catholic...