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FEDERAL JUDGES have dismissed claims that Utah lost a congressional seat because the 2000 census excluded thousands of state residents working as missionaries abroad. Utah had claimed that the Census Bureau did not acknowledge some 11,176 state residents working overseas as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The state needed 857 residents to gain its fourth congressional seat. The three-judge panel ruled unanimously on April 17 that counting those missionaries would have placed other states at a disadvantage, and that those missionaries comprise a small percentage of the estimated 5 million Americans living abroad.

MARIST FR. LEO A. FOLEY, a long-time philosophy professor at The Catholic University of America, died in Washington April 16 at age 85. His funeral Mass was celebrated April 20 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, adjacent to the university campus. A specialist in cosmology, the philosophy of the origins and structure of the universe, he was author of the 1962 text, Cosmology, and Of Art, Wisdom and the Pursuit of Excellence.

A TOP VATICAN OFFICIAL will travel to Moscow in May to mark the 10th anniversary of the Latin-rite church's re-emergence in Russia after the fall of communism. The Vatican said Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran, an assistant secretary of state, would be the pope's special representative at the celebrations, scheduled May 25-27. The celebrations will focus on the reorganization of the Latin church in the Russian federation, the Vatican said. …