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DUBLIN – Martin McGuinness, 66, who went from being a paramilitary leader to laying the foundations for peace in Northern Ireland, died March 21. McGuinness was diagnosed with a rare heart condition in December and died in a hospital in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, surrounded by his family.

Catholic leaders call for protection of indigenous land rights in Amazon

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WASHINGTON – Catholic leaders are calling for governments to protect the territorial rights of indigenous people suffering eviction from their lands and pollution of their water because of mining and oil operations in the Amazon basin.

Don't misuse Bible to push death penalty, Philippines bishops say

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MANILA, Philippines – Remember what Jesus' cross stands for, and don't misuse the Bible to justify the death penalty, said the Philippines' Catholic bishops.

Italian man who refused to take the Hitler oath is now beatified

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VATICAN CITY – Italian layman Joseph Mayr-Nusser who refused to take the Hitler oath was beatified March 18 in his home town of Bolsano.

'It's a miracle': Woman survives devastating mudslide in Peru

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LIMA, Peru – Evangelina Chamorro was swept away for over a third of a mile by an avalanche of mud on the coast south of Lima. But she survived and said that thinking about “God and her daughters” gave her the strength.

Pope apologizes for Catholics' participation in Rwanda genocide

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VATICAN CITY – Meeting Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Pope Francis asked God's forgiveness for the failures of the Catholic Church during the 1994 Rwanda genocide and for the hatred and violence perpetrated by some priests and religious.

U.S. Justice Department to appeal ruling that blocked Trump’s travel ban

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Justice issued a brief notice March 17 that it will appeal a Maryland federal judge's ruling that blocked President Donald Trump's new executive order on a temporary travel ban.

U.S. bishops: health bill’s ‘life protections’ laudable, other aspects ‘troubling’

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WASHINGTON (CNS) – The inclusion of "critical life protections" in the House health care bill is laudable, but other provisions, including those related to Medicaid and tax credits, are "troubling" and "must be addressed" before the measure is passed, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee.

U.S. priest's home in Mexico harassed by police

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MEXICO CITY – An American priest and prison chaplain in northern Mexico says his home, which doubles as a halfway house, was raided in the early hours of St. Patrick's Day as police came to arrest one of the three men who live with him.

Czech Cardinal Vlk, former window-washer, clandestine priest, dies

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VATICAN CITY – Czech Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, who washed windows and ministered underground during communism, died of cancer March 18 in Prague at the age of 84.

In spirit of interfaith dialogue, Pope to visit Egypt in late April

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VATICAN CITY – In what will be his first international trip of the year, Pope Francis will be traveling to Cairo, Egypt, April 28-29, showing that interfaith dialogue is a priority.