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Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's May 28 issue.
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.
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.
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.
Peter Hadley, a first grader at Immaculate Conception School in Fort Smith, won an iPad from United Federal Credit Union. (Photo)
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.
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.
VATICAN CITY -- Diocesan bishops must consult with the Vatican before establishing a diocesan religious order, Pope Francis ruled.
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.
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.”
“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)
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)
Technology has a place in churches, but it needs to be carefully understood and monitored before it is introduced. (Editorial)