Mary Ann Walsh, 68, a longtime spokeswoman for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, died on April 28.
She spent her final days in a hospice in Albany, New York, next to the regional convent of the Sisters of Mercy, the religious order she entered as a 17-year-old novice drawn to their commitment to serving the poor. She had cancer.
During a recent tour of the United States, Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria, described the fighting that erupted Easter weekend, targeting the Christian quarter of the city and killing and injuring dozens.
Cardinal Francis George, former head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, died April 17 at age 78, after years of living with cancer. He was the first man to retire rather than die as archbishop of Chicago.