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  • June 6-13, 2016

    There are elements in South Africa today, no doubt, who are pleased that Professor Jonathan Jansen, vice chancellor and rector of the University of the Free State, will be taking up a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in California. His departure should delight those who want him gone because of his tough, no-nonsense approach to education in general and at universities in particular....

  • June 6-13, 2016

    Egyptian authorities on May 19 arrested Mina Thabet , a well-known advocate for the rights of Egypt’s Coptic Christians, the latest move in the government’s crackdown on rights activists and dissidents. • Francesco Patton, an Italian Franciscan priest named on May 20 Custos of the Holy Land , says he is committed to building bridges, dialogue and peace. • Veronika Terezia Rackova, a Holy Spirit Missionary from Slovakia, director of St. Bakhita Medical Center...

  • June 6-13, 2016

    Under other circumstances, Jonny Lopez might have been happy that he was losing weight. “I’ve been running around the city so much, looking for food, that I’ve lost 20 pounds,” said the father of two.

    Standing in line has become a routine as he tries to buy food for his family and supply a fast-food stand that he runs in their neighborhood. “The longest line was 11 hours once, to buy a package of cornmeal, a little milk, rice...

  • June 6-13, 2016

    The Archdiocese of Chicago will begin offering 12 weeks of paid parental leave to its staff beginning on July 1. The new policy is open to fathers and mothers who just had children or adopted children. Staff who are eligible for benefits—those who work at least 26 hours a week—and who have worked at the archdiocese at least one month qualify for parental leave.

    Under the previous policy, female staff who gave birth or adopted...

  • June 6-13, 2016

    Bishop Robert McElroy of the Diocese of San Diego has convened a diocesan synod to meet on Oct. 28-29 to reflect on the major themes of the recent apostolic exhortation “The Joy of Love.” The bishop believes the synod will not only help San Diego Catholics grapple with the modern challenges to family life and the church as they are explored in the exhortation; it will also offer the diocese a new model for “being church.” Bishop McElroy proposes turning the...

  • June 6-13, 2016

    In a new report, researchers from the Jesuit Refugee Service argue that education is a life-saving intervention for children and adolescents who are forcibly displaced from their homes. “This report highlights the need to prioritize education for refugees and those displaced by conflict and crisis and ensure that these important programs receive the resources and political support they deserve,” said Giulia McPherson, JRS/USA’s assistant policy director and...

  • June 6-13, 2016

    The annual report on the implementation of the U.S. bishops’ “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” warns against complacency in dioceses. The new report said that between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, 26 allegations of clerical sexual abuse were made by minors; seven had been substantiated. All allegations were reported to civil authorities. The previous year, 37 allegations had been made, and 43 in the year before that. Francesco C....

  • May 23-30, 2016

    As heavy fighting continues across the Nineveh Plain, some Christians displaced by the Islamic State have given up the dream of returning home and joined the stream of refugees leaving the war-torn country. Others remain in Iraqi Kurdistan, clinging to the hope that they can someday go back to their villages.

    “When we fled our convent in Qaraqosh in 2014, we thought we’d be gone just a few days; then we could go home. But now it’s been almost two years, and the future is uncertain....

  • May 23-30, 2016

    Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry told hundreds of mourners at the funeral of Sister Clare Crockett , killed in Ecuador during an earthquake on April 17, that “a life given in loving sacrifice is never wasted.” • Twenty-three new Swiss Guard recruits pledged during a ceremony on May 6 to “faithfully, loyally and honorably” serve and protect the pope and, if necessary, sacrifice their lives for him. • The Vatican announced on May 5 that Pope Francis has appointed...

  • May 23-30, 2016

    Pope Francis, accepting a prize for promoting European unity, on May 6 bemoaned that the continent’s people “are tempted to yield to our own selfish interests and to consider putting up fences.”

    “I dream of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime but a summons to a greater commitment on behalf of the dignity of every human being,” he told an audience that included Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Premier Matteo...