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Jesuit John Lo Schiavo, former University of San Francisco president, dies

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One of the most dynamic and iconic leaders of the University of San Francisco, Jesuit Fr. John Lo Schiavo, 90, died May 15 at Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif.

During his tenure as the school’s president, 1977-1991, Lo Schiavo shored up shaky finances, spearheaded capital improvement projects, oversaw acquisition of the current Lone Mountain campus, and helped initiate several programs of study.

In 2013, the school’s John J. Lo Schiavo SJ Center for Science and Innovation was dedicated.

Brooklyn Catholic Charities unit is losing millions, looks to transfer clients

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According to a Crain's New York Business story, the Brooklyn diocese's Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, a unit of the diocese's Catholic Charities that serves the developmentally disabled population, has lost $13 million since 2010. This deficit places the entire Catholic Charities organization at financial risk, according to the not-for-profit's chief financial officer.

Nuclear disarmament is imperative, US bishop stresses

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"It is imperative the world move systematically and relentlessly toward nuclear disarmament," Bishop Oscar Cantu, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, wrote in a May 12 letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

"For most Americans, there is an assumption that the nuclear threat receded with the end of the Cold War," he wrote. "Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth."

Talking About Poverty Without Poor People

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Those conversations about poverty, such as the one President Obama took part in last week at Georgetown, are, oh, so high minded and so full of good intentions. They appear like blips on behalf of orphan children in the torrent of beer and car commercials during football half-times. They give officials a brief chance to mingle empathy with their brand of ideology to push their solutions. 

Archbishop Naumann revises assignments made by Finn days before resignation

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Reversing course on an earlier decision to uphold 23 pastoral assignments made by Bishop Robert Finn days before his resignation, Kansas City, Kan., Archbishop Joseph Naumann has revised 14 of those assignments for the Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., diocese.

News of his decision came Friday morning in an email from Kansas City-St. Joseph spokesman Jack Smith to the diocese’s priests.

“After prayerful deliberation and consultation with his advisors, Archbishop Naumann has decided to modify some of the assignments previously made,” he wrote.

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