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SYDNEY – Public prosecutors have submitted recommendations to Victoria Police on whether to try Australian Cardinal George Pell on decades-old abuse allegations, but their advice has not been made public.

Commission reportedly voted to recognize first seven Medjugorje visions

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VATICAN CITY – The commission that now-retired Pope Benedict XVI established to study the alleged apparitions of Mary at Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, reportedly voted overwhelmingly to recognize as supernatural the first seven appearances of Mary in 1981.

Meeting Pope gives hope to Huntington's disease patients, expert says

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis' meeting with families affected by Huntington's disease will bring much-needed attention and hope to men, women and children who often are ostracized and even left to die alone and unloved, a U.S.-based neuroscientist said.

Russians fight 'WannaCry' ransomware virus with holy water

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MOSCOW, Russia – After malware hacked as many as 200,000 computers throughout the world, the Russians have an idea: blessing the computers with holy water.

Sign of hope in Syria: Aleppo consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima

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ALEPPO, Syria – Still reeling from the Syrian civil war, the city of Aleppo saw a ray of hope this weekend with a consecration to Our Lady of Fatima on May 13.

Priest stabbed while celebrating Mass in Mexico City

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MEXICO CITY – A priest was stabbed at the altar while celebrating Mass May 15 in Mexico City's Metropolitan Cathedral.

Bishops put U.K.'s post-Brexit future at top of list of election issues

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MANCHESTER, England – The bishops of England and Wales have put the post-Brexit future of the United Kingdom at the top of a list of priority issues for Catholic voters to consider before the June 8 general election.

Pope Francis urges Macron to strengthen France’s Christian roots

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VATICAN CITY – Tuesday Pope Francis sent a telegram to the new President of France, Emmanuel Macron, offering his prayers and wishes that in his new role, he will support the rich moral and spiritual traditions of the country, including that of Christianity.

Trump administration expands pro-life Mexico City Policy

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WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Monday announced that it would begin implementing an expanded Mexico City Policy, which pro-life leaders hailed as a key step to curtailing abortion funding.

South Korean Catholics rally against nuclear power, U.S. missile system

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SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean Catholics are opposing both the country's reliance on nuclear power and the U.S. missile defence system recently established to pressure the North out of future weapon tests.

Free speech protects printer from promoting gay pride, Kentucky court rules

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Backers of a print shop owner who declined to print gay pride T-shirts because of his religious beliefs praised a Kentucky court’s decision that his free speech rights protect him from a discrimination complaint.