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VATICAN CITY – Despite a few pointed comments in the past and fundamental differences on issues such as immigration, economic policy, military spending and climate change, sparks are not expected to fly May 24 when Pope Francis welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump to the Vatican.

Another court weighs the future of Trump travel ban

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WASHINGTON – The comments made during and after a contentious campaign came back to haunt President Donald Trump's executive order, adding to his troubles in May, as a group of judges in Seattle weighed the future of his troubled travel ban.

Cuba’s first Catholic Church in 60 years will soon be complete

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TAMPA, Florida – Funded by a parish in Florida, a new Catholic church is being built in Cuba and is the first the island nation has seen in 60 years.

Iowan man to celebrate two milestones: turning 97, 91st year as altar 'boy'

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IDA GROVE, Iowa – Leo "Doc" Samson will note two anniversaries June 2.

Murder case of Blessed Oscar Romero has been reopened

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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – A nearly 40 year-old murder case was reopened this week to properly prosecute the suspected killer behind the Salvadorian archbishop's martyrdom.

After clashes, Central African cardinal urges more efforts toward peace

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OXFORD, England – A cardinal in Central African Republic called on international peacekeepers to act more effectively, after he helped end an anti-Muslim flare-up in the southeastern city of Bangassou.

Child malnutrition in Venezuela at humanitarian crisis level, Caritas says

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VATICAN CITY – With soaring food prices and a free-falling economy, child malnutrition in Venezuela has crossed the threshold of a humanitarian crisis, the local chapter of Caritas Internationalis said.

Church cannot ignore injustice in Israel-Palestine conflict, bishops say

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WASHINGTON – The Catholic Church will speak out against injustice and avoid any attempt to normalize the “festering wound” of the Israeli-Palestinian situation, a commission from the region’s leading Catholic bishops has said.

Spaniards splurge on First Communion parties despite economic hard times

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MADRID, Spain – Over the past nine years, Spain has been hit particularly hard by the worldwide economic crisis.

Archdiocese reacts to Mexico's ranking as world's second most violent country

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico – The Mexico archdiocese's newspaper Desde la Fe wrote an editorial decrying the “disastrous situation in Mexico” as the country ranks number two in a report on the world's most violent nations.

First American martyr’s remains exhumed, verified as part of beatification process

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OKARCHE, Okla. – Early on the morning of May 10, the remains of Father Stanley F. Rother were exhumed from Holy Trinity Cemetery in Okarche and transported to Oklahoma City.