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How big a step is it toward a nuclear-free world? On July 7 at the United Nations 122 countries signed an agreement outlawing nuclear weapons. The problem? None of the nuclear powers participated in the drafting of the treaty and none voted on it. But that's just one more obstacle for peace activists, many of them women religious, who have been working on the issue for decades. The Vatican likes the agreement and says it will host two conferences on nuclear disarmament in the fall.

Alleged embezzlement by Lansing, Mich., priest approaches $5 million. Fr. Jonathan Wehrle, 66, founding pastor of St. Martha Parish, was arrested and charged with embezzlement following a diocesan audit of parish finances.

Field Hospital: Green movement grows at the parish level; Methodists are out front providing sanctuary, often protecting Catholics.

A review: Ken Briggs' The Invisible Bestseller: Searching for the Bible in America by former religion editor for Newsday and The New York Times and current NCR contributor, displays "a master at the height of his craft."

Muller strikes back at Francis: Cardinal sacked as head of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith complains that church social justice teaching is not applied to Vatican employees.

No need to speculate any longer about the Russian ties, just follow the emails:

New York TImes: Russian dirt on Clinton? 'I love it,' Donald Trump Jr. said

Washington Post: 'Category 5 hurricane': White House under siege by Trump Jr.'s Russia revelations

Michael Sean Winters: Why did Donald Trump Jr. lie? What junior and senior are about to learn.

Global Sisters Report: Q&A with Sr. Mary Dorothea Sondgeroth, award-winner for decades of health care work



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