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CNS Special Section
Year in review – 2007

Tragedy at Va. Tech
Virginia Tech students who asked not to be named walk on campus April 17, the day after a student gunman's rampage left 33 people dead at the university in Blacksburg, Va. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Opposing Iraq War
Several thousand anti-war protesters march through downtown San Francisco Jan. 27 in response to U.S. President George W. Bush's plan to raise troop levels in Iraq. At the end of the year, the U.S. bishops called the current situation in Iraq "unacceptable" and said the U.S. needed a "new direction to reduce the war's deadly toll." (CNS/Greg Tarczynski)

Pope names cardinals
Iraqi Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly of Baghdad, patriarch of Chaldean Catholics, kisses the hand of Pope Benedict XVI during a special audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican Nov. 26. The audience was held for the 23 new cardinals who were installed two days earlier, their family members and friends. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Travels, consistory, writings kept Pope Benedict busy in 2007

Pope Benedict XVI responds to a crowd gathered at Fazenda da Esperanca (Farm of Hope), a church-run rehabilitation center for drug addicts in Guaratingueta, Brazil, May 12. The Brazil pilgrimage was his first papal trip to Latin America and the longest journey of his pontificate. (CNS/Alessia Giuliani, Catholic Press Photo)

A look back at
2007 reveals a
long list of papal
activities and

2007: Beginning of the end for the stem-cell wars?
In the years ahead, 2007 may come to be remembered as the beginning of the end for the debate over embryonic versus adult stem cells.

Those preparing to become Catholics are recognized by the congregation during a Sunday Mass at St. Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai, China, in March. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)

For China-Vatican relations, 2007 brought signs of hope amid tensions
In many ways, 2007 was a watershed year for relations between the Vatican and China, with signs of hope springing up amid chronic tensions.

(Read our April 2007 special series, "China: Keeping the Faith.")

Strong statements, violence, displacement mark Iraq in 2007
For Iraq's Christians, 2007 was marked by increased violence and displacement.

Dioceses sell property, reduce staffs to pay abuse settlements
The clergy sex abuse scandal continued to have a major financial impact on U.S. Catholic dioceses in 2007 as multimillion-dollar settlements were reached with abuse victims and dioceses funded their share by selling church property, reducing staff and, in at least one case, soliciting contributions from priests and lay Catholics.

Ups, downs mark ecumenical, interfaith relations in 2007
The year 2007 marked a year with some progress for the Catholic Church in its relations with other Christians and in interfaith dialogue, although the year was also beset by some setbacks on the path to unity and understanding.

Waldheim, Hernandez among notable Catholics who died in 2007
Former Austrian President Kurt Waldheim and Tutela Legal director Maria Julia Hernandez, each of whom took center stage during two of the thorniest international debates of the 1980s, were among the prominent Catholics who died in 2007.

Demonstrators rally outside the White House to call for comprehensive immigration reform June 19. Despite multiple efforts to bring immigration legislation to a vote in 2007, the U.S. Congress failed to act. (CNS/Bob Roller)

2008 elections cast a shadow over efforts to pass immigration law
Even though the next election was a year or more away, the prospect of winding up on the wrong side of the wishes of voters or vocal interest groups led politicians in Washington to shy away from immigration reform for yet another year.

Immigration, Iraq War named top stories of 2007, pope top newsmaker
The national debate over immigration issues was the top religious news story of 2007 and Pope Benedict XVI was the top newsmaker, according to the annual poll of client editors of Catholic News Service.

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