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Weekly Roundup: Kim Davis, a toppled statue, and a new word

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Happy Friday! As always, your weekly roundup:

A gunman stalked onto an Oregon college campus on Thursday and opened fire, killing nine people and wounding seven before police shot him to death, authorities said, in yet another burst of U.S. gun violence that ranked as the deadliest this year.

The Vatican is downplaying Pope Francis’ controversial meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed for refusing to grant marriage licenses to gay couples, saying their encounter “should not be considered a form of support of her position.”

California Gov. Jerry Brown has until midnight Oct. 7 to sign or veto a controversial bill that would legalize physician-assisted dying in the nation’s most populous state.

Convicted murder conspirator Kelly Renee Gissendaner was put to death by lethal injection at 12:21 a.m. Wednesday despite a papal appeal.

Vandals in California toppled a statue of Junipero Serra, who was canonized last week by Pope Francis, and threw paint on tombstones and walls at the Catholic mission in Carmel where the controversial 18th-century Spanish friar is buried, the mission said.

The Vatican has outlined the process for this month’s highly anticipated global meeting of Catholic bishops on family life issues, saying they have put together a “new methodology” for the gathering in order to facilitate more dialogue and discussion between the prelates.

And now for the papal rapid fire roundup

This week, Pope Francis:

Friday, October 2, 2015