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VATICAN CITY – Europe must recover the memories and lessons of past tragedies in order to confront the challenges Europeans face today that seek to divide rather than unite humanity, Pope Francis said.

Diagnosis of U.S. health bill: never had input from those who care for sick

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WASHINGTON – Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity, who is president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, doesn't mince words when it comes to the American Health Care Act.

Deluges in Peru trigger flash floods, landslides; at least 85 dead

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LIMA, Peru – Felicita Chipana was at work when the Rimac River began to rise. By the time she got home, her kitchen was gone, swept away by floodwaters that left scores of families homeless on the east side of this sprawling capital city.

Panel: After rescue, trafficking victims need help addressing trauma

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UNITED NATIONS – It's not enough to rescue victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation – they must be given supportive care to address their trauma, and tools to live economically independent lives free from abuse.

California priest found guilty of stealing donations from parishioners

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SAN JOSE, Calif – A priest in California has been found guilty of diverting $19,000 in donations to his personal account.

'Lots of tears' at services, says priest serving Parliament day after attack

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MANCHESTER, England – The Catholic duty priest to the British Parliament said people were weeping at prayer services the day after the Westminster terror attack.

Pope Francis is the world’s third greatest leader, according to Fortune

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Pope Francis has ranked third on Fortune’s annual “World’s Greatest Leaders” list, in part because of his criticism of what the magazine called “capitalism without conscience.”

Pope Francis prays for victims of deadly London attack

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VATICAN CITY – After four people died in an apparent terrorist attack in London yesterday, Pope Francis has voiced his sorry and solidarity for the victims and their families, entrusting them and the nation to God’s mercy.

Priests in Peru encouraged to visit victims of floods, mudslides

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PIURA, Peru – On the occasion of the worldwide “24 Hours for the Lord”, the Archdiocese of Piura encouraged priests to visit and bring aid to the victims of the natural disasters in northwestern Peru.

U.S. Catholics asked 'to accompany' migrants, refugees seeking better life

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. bishops in a pastoral reflection released March 22 called all Catholics to do what each of them can "to accompany migrants and refugees who seek a better life in the United States."

Jesus’ tomb reopens after nine months of restoration

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JERUSALEM – Less than a year after restoration work began, the Edicule – the traditional site of Jesus' burial and resurrection – was inaugurated in an ecumenical ceremony led by representatives of the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Armenian churches, including Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople.