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    After Trump, Pope Francis tackled the Balkans on Friday

    Some forty-eight hours ago, a meeting between Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump made global headlines. On Friday, Francis received the heads of state of two Balkan nations, Bulgaria and Macedonia, and almost no one noticed. Yet from the pontiff's point of view, there's good reason to think these sessions were every bit as important.

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    Overdosing from despair: How the Church can fight the opioid epidemic

    More people are dying than ever from overdosing on painkillers, and the Church is trying to help. Some pain is part of being human: Having no pain is dangerous. Christianity sees pain as both an opportunity for virtue and a union with Jesus: The pain of Christians is far more meaningful, and thus endurable.

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    Philly's Archbishop Chaput looks at living faith in America

    Religion in America is not just a matter for history class. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia points to the work of the great French observer of early American life, Alexis de Tocqueville, in concluding that the strength of American society was "the prevalence and intensity of religious belief." In a new book, Chaput asks what happens when religion is no longer part of our shared common culture? In a word, what happens now?

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    • May 26, 2017

    In general, the president of a national bishops’ conference may be an important post domestically, but it doesn’t have great international interest. The one exception tends to be Italy, where the president of the conference is presumed to be a role model for bishops trying to reflect the current pope’s vision, and now the Italians have a new prelate at the helm.

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    • May 26, 2017

    Two pacesetter Catholic nations in Latin America, Brazil and Venezuela, are both currently gripped by dramatic cycles of civil unrest, and in both cases the Catholic bishops are emerging as primary forces in favor of democracy, accountability, and an end to the bloodshed — and also in both cases, what the bishops have to say isn’t always pleasing to the government.

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  • College presidents appeal to homeland security for student migrants
    College presidents appeal to homeland security for student migrants
    • May 27, 2017

    In a letter sent to the Secretary of Homeland Security, presidents of dozens of U.S. Catholic institutions asked about immigration policies regarding their students. The presidents advocate for the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM Act, that would grant residency for some unauthorized persons brought in to the country as minors.

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