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Philippine Christian leaders join to help rebuild Muslim-majority city

Residents who returned from evacuation centers walked past a bullet-ridden house Oct. 29 believed to have been used by pro-Islamic State militant group leaders in Marawi, Philippines.

Christian leaders in Philippines have banded together to help rebuild Marawi, a Muslim-majority city in southern Philippines damaged by five months of occupation by terrorists.

‘Respect and understanding’ needed to end ‘heinous and evil’ terrorist attacks

Police investigated the crime scene early Nov. 1 after a man driving a rented pickup truck ran down pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path alongside the Hudson River in New York City. The incident occurred near the World Trade Center memorial, killing at least eight and seriously injuring 11 in what the Mayor Bill de Blasio called “a particularly cowardly act of terror.”

WASHINGTON — All people must "work towards greater respect and understanding among all people so that heinous and evil acts like this become a thing of the past," wrote Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan in response to a pickup truck driver who mowed down pedestrians and bicyclists in New York late in the afternoon Oct. 31.

Cardinal Dolan stated, "Today our city and our nation are stunned and horrified by another act of senseless violence." At least eight people died and 11 others were injured in the attack.

Pence rebukes U.N. efforts to help Christians, announces Middle East trip

WASHINGTON — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence criticized the United Nations' efforts to help persecuted Christians in the Middle East in a speech Oct. 25.

Since the organization "failed" to help Christians and other minority religious communities, he said, aid from the United States from now on would be routed through the U.S. Agency for International Development and "faith-based and private organizations" to help those who are persecuted in the region.

Concern rises over impact of expected tax cuts on programs for the poor

WASHINGTON — Tax policy is not a simple matter. It almost never has been and may not ever be.

Still, Congress is trying to simplify the tax code to deliver on President Donald Trump's campaign promise to cut taxes for the middle class.

Working under the "Unified Tax Reform Framework" introduced by congressional leaders Sept. 27, efforts are underway to reduce the number of tax brackets, resulting in a tax cut for most Americans, and to incorporate numerous other provisions that some observers say primarily benefit the country's top wage earners and largest corporations.

For seminarian, God wrote straight with crooked lines — or headlines

Anthony Federico, a seminarian from the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., prayed in the chapel at Theological College in Washington Oct. 25. After getting fired from a job at ESPN because of a poorly-phrased headline, Federico took another job which allowed him to go to Mass daily and discern his call to the priesthood.

WASHINGTON — Anthony Federico is one of three seminarians from the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., studying at Theological College in Washington. But he's the only one of them to inadvertently create an internet outcry.

Federico, who is 33 and in the third year of his theologate at Theological College, grew up in Connecticut, a big fan of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees and the National Hockey League's Hartford Whalers.

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