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Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's May 28 issue.

Pope to Grand imam: ‘Meeting is the message’

VATICAN CITY -- After five years of tension and top-level silence, Pope Francis and the grand imam of one of the most important Sunni Muslim universities in the world embraced at the Vatican May 23.

USCCB abuse audit warns against complacency

WASHINGTON -- 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, and the firm contracted to conduct audits of dioceses and parishes said there was “plenty of room for improvement” in implementing two of the charter’s articles.

Southern states have the most risk for spread of Zika virus

WASHINGTON -- In a federal effort to combat the spread of the Zika virus, the Senate voted May 17 to allocate $1.1 billion to fight it in the United States.

Perfect attendance

Peter Hadley, a first grader at Immaculate Conception School in Fort Smith, won an iPad from United Federal Credit Union. (Photo)

Agencies scramble to curb explosion in opiate use in U.S.

WASHINGTON -- “Religion is the opiate of the masses,” German philosopher Karl Marx is famously credited with writing in the 19th century. If it ever was true, it’s not anymore. In the United States today, opiates themselves are the opiates of the masses.

Bill allows more protection for religious freedom worldwide

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The U.S. House May 16 unanimously passed the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, giving the Obama administration and the U.S. State Department new resources to combat what the bill’s bipartisan supporters say is “a worldwide escalation” of Christian persecution and anti-Semitism.

Pope: Vatican review needed to set up religious order

VATICAN CITY -- Diocesan bishops must consult with the Vatican before establishing a diocesan religious order, Pope Francis ruled.

Retired pope denies new rumors of Fatima ‘secret’

VATICAN CITY -- Sixteen years after the Vatican released the text of the so-called Third Secret of Fatima, rumors cyclically arise claiming that the Vatican still is keeping part of Mary’s message to three children in Fatima, Portugal, secret.

‘Last Days in the Desert’ director imagines devil looking like Jesus

WASHINGTON -- The idea of having Jesus tempted in the desert by someone looking a lot like himself was in the mind of Rodrigo Garcia, the writer-director of the new movie “Last Days in the Desert.”

What is your favorite book, movie or TV show?

“My favorite book series is ‘All the Wrong Questions’ by Lemony Snicket. I like these books because they are exciting and very well written. My favorite book was, ‘Who Could That Be At This Hour?’ My favorite part was when ...” (Youthspeak, Seeds of Faith)

Fraternity of priests comforts one of their own

A number of years ago, Arkansas Catholic invited readers to submit stories of some Christmas memory from their lives. My dad wrote an account of what is certainly his most unforgettable Christmas, Dec. 25, 1983. My dad spent a good part of his Christmas Day that year sitting with his mother in the hospital. My grandmother would die a few days later, and in those final days the family was taking turns staying with her. I was only 4 years old that Christmas.  (Columns)

Reject advocates of online sacraments

Technology has a place in churches, but it needs to be carefully understood and monitored before it is introduced. (Editorial)