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May 23, 2017
A Consistory of Cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica, Nov. 4, 2012. Credit: Lewis Ashton Glancy/CNA.

.- Only seven months after Pope Francis’ last consistory, he will create five new cardinals in June. He continues a pattern of finding cardinals at the peripheries of the world, from dioceses which have not traditionally had a cardinal.

Pope Francis. Credit: giulio napolitano via Shutterstock.

.- When Pope Francis was asked last week about his upcoming meeting with U.S. president Donald Trump, he made headlines for answering that he always tries to look for common ground.

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.- The Mexican Bishops' Conference offered prayers for journalists as they face increased violence in their efforts to uncover truth.
.- In the most recent clash between the government and the Catholic Church in the Philippines, authorities have banned hanging rosaries and religious icons in vehicles, citing safety concerns.
.- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence challenged University of Notre Dame graduates on Saturday to promote human dignity and the sanctity of life in the workplace.
.- The United States House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that issues additional sanctions against supporters of Syria’s Assad regime, and those providing arms for the regime.