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After the resignation of Patrick Fitzgerald, Attorney General Eric Holder has been named assistant federal prosecutor to be the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
CHICAGO, IL (Catholic Online) - The announcement was made on Monday morning. Shapiro, for the last 14 years, has served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney and has four decades of experience as a federal prosecutor. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Shapiro has worked on cases that involves international terrorism, public corruption, and organized crime.
After 24 years, Fitzgerald resigned last month saying "new blood would be healthy for the office." Shapiro, 65, has been named as interim U.S. attorney at Fitzgerald's suggestion.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin states that he and Sen. Mark Kirk will be appointing a six-member committee to screen applicants to permanently fill the job. Durbin noted that the committee members could be named in the next few days. He and Kirk will be interviewing finalists and make a recommendation to the White House.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.