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USSCB Summer 2017: The U.S. bishops voted June 15 to make the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty a permanent standing committee.
Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl addressed Pope Francis' "Amoris Laetitia" to a group of seminarians of the Washington archdiocese, explaining that the document "calls for a compassionate pastoral approach to many people" amid life's challenges.
Catholics and evangelicals are asking Obama to defend religious liberty in the United States as he has defended it in other countries.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Thomas P. Melady, who served in several diplomatic posts and continued to play a role as "citizen-scholar," died Jan. 6. He was 86.