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WASHINGTON – Denouncing the "demonization of migrants," hateful rhetoric, the militarization of the border and a system that divides families, Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso, Texas, called on Catholics to heed the church's teachings to welcome the migrant.

Two priests kidnapped in Congo's troubled North Kivu province

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ARU, Congo – Armed men kidnapped two Catholic priests in the troubled North Kivu province.

Indian church leaders protest vigilante killings to protect sacred cows

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COCHIN, India – The Catholic church in India criticized growing intolerance and mob violence targeting religious minorities over cow protection.

Philippine bishops' conference picks new leader from troubled south region

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MANILA, Philippines – The new president-elect of Philippine bishops' conference is an archbishop from the troubled southern region currently dealing with Islamic insurgeny.

Would-be bride turns cancelled reception into feast for homeless

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Many couples spend thousands of dollars on their dream wedding. But what happens when you have to call it all off?

Pro-life group welcomes court ruling to let U.S. doctor examine British baby

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NEW YORK – The national director of Priests for Life in New York welcomed a London court's decision allowing a U.S. doctor to go to England to examine a 10-month-old terminally ill British infant at the centre of a medical and ethical debate.

Shots fired at people voting outside church in Venezuela

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CARACAS, Venezuela – Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas has repudiated Sunday's attack on a referendum in which the vast majority of participants expressed their opposition to the constituent assembly called by President Maduro.

Korean bishops' head backs South Korean leader's peace goal with North

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SEOUL, South Korea – The president of the Korean bishops' conference has welcomed President Moon Jae-in's peace initiative, saying it matches the church's views on how peace can be achieved on the peninsula.

Mosul needs help to rebuild, Iraqi official cautions after victory over ISIS

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ROME, Italy – Just days after Iraqi forces completed their recapture of Mosul from the Islamic State, the nation's ambassador to the Holy See has said that they are eager to rebuild the city and have people return home, but it will require help to do so.

U.S. Catholic, Lutheran leaders lament refugee entry cap being reached

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WASHINGTON – Amid a federal judge ordering the government to broaden the exemptions to the immigration travel ban upheld partially upheld by the Supreme Court, U.S. Catholic and Lutheran leaders lamented that the immigration cap had been reached for refugees without such exemptions for the 2017 fiscal year.

House members approve measure to repeal Washington D.C. assisted suicide law

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WASHINGTON – The House Appropriations Committee voted July 13 in favor of an amendment to repeal the District of Columbia's assisted suicide law.